| Submersible Cages
Submersible cages allow farmers to handle several environmental issues, for example:
- Ice flows. Shipping, Ice flows, and other large floating objects can cause severe damage to floating cages.
- Algal blooms. Some locations are prone to toxic algal blooms that can decimate fish stocks. Fortunately, toxic algae are usually not found at depths lower than 15 to 20m. Sinking cages during these events will help protect the fish stocks.
- Sea lice are easier to control and less costly when stocks are kept at 15-20m depth.
- Low oxygen events can be handled better as deeper, colder waters tend to have better oxygen levels.
- Submersible cages allow farmers to use exposed locations that may be conveniently located but are too risky to install normal floating cages. The cages can be permanently submerged or be submerged whenever the wave height is too high.
- Lastly, submersible cages are less visible and thus will be less likely to induce local communities to reject an aquaculture project and are less vulnerable to theft and vandalism.
OCEANIS is Badinotti’s submersible brand. We currently offer two models:
Oceanis I technology is incredibly simple, has low maintenance and investment cost, and conveniently combines the typical features of normal floating circles, such as easy access and day by day management, with enhanced safety in high wave and ice flow situations when submerged. It can be submerged for short periods or permanently. Usual depths range between 15 and 20m.
Oceanis II can also be used as a conventional floating circle cage and can be submerged to 15 to 20m for short periods or permanently. This model has the added benefit of keeping its shape during sinking and surfacing, which is a benefit to the fish. Also, it does not need modifications to existing grid mooring systems but requires slightly deeper locations than Oceanis I.