HOW DOES THE KELPRING WORK?
The KelpRing comprises a negatively buoyant platform on which natural kelp grows. The KelpRing provides a passive 24/7 year round natural kelp forest, providing habitat enrichment for the cleaner fish. The cleaner fish will be sheltered within the natural kelp forest and from there will foray out to feed on the lice.
The KelpRing can be manufactured to any size to best suit the cages in which it is to be deployed. The lightweight, rounded, flexible nature of the KelpRing means that it will not damage the nets and can be used to provide shelter to the cleaner fish during farming operations.
Designed to allow all normal aquaculture activities to be carried out unhindered, the KelpRing can be deployed at variable depths to ensure that the cleaner fish remain in the lice zone.
Its variable, lightweight and manoeuvrable design mean that multiple KelpRings can be deployed at different depths in each pen. In the summer months KelpRings can be deployed at a shallow depths which can be adjusted to suit feeding levels and other farming operations. With the approach of winter, KelpRings can be lowered towards the base of the pen to provide a safe, natural habitat for the wrasse during their dormant period, whilst other KelpRings can be maintained at a shallower level to support the lumpfish which come to the fore during this period.