HanseGarnelen Implement Next-Gen Shrimp Counter to Reduce Costs with Precision Shrimp Farming

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By Milthon Lujan

SC 4K at HanseGarnelen

HanseGarnelen, a land-based shrimp farm in Germany, has introduced a new shrimp counting system into its recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) facilities, developed by Danish company Sincere Aqua.

The SC-4K Shrimp Counter utilizes advanced sensor technology, artificial intelligence, and computer vision to provide accurate shrimp counts during the transfer from nursery to the grow-out stage. It helps farmers know exactly how many shrimp they have, making their work easier and more efficient. This means better shrimp farming with less waste and more focus on growing healthy shrimp.

The Challenge: Precision in Population Management


HanseGarnelen faced a common yet critical challenge in shrimp farming: accurately determining stocking density. Miscounts can result in overstocking or understocking, both of which can have severe effects on a farm’s productivity.

HanseGarnelen dedicated significant time to manually estimating shrimp numbers, diverting their skilled workers from more productive tasks.

The Solution

The SC-4K Shrimp Counter addresses this challenge head-on.

  • Fast and Reliable: Counting 200,000 shrimp per hour, ensures all shrimp are counted. This speed means farmers can focus more on care and less on counting.
  • Accurate Measurements: With a promise of at least 95% accuracy for shrimp sizes between 0,1 and 5 grams, farmers can trust the numbers they see.
  • Precise Stocking Density: Knowing the exact shrimp count per tank is crucial. It ensures each shrimp has enough space and resources, which is key to growth, feeding, and disease management. This leads to healthier shrimp and a more successful harvest.
  • Operational Efficiency: Shrimp farming is time-intensive. The Sincere Aqua Shrimp Counter saves time by counting quickly and reducing manual labour. This lets farmers focus on other important tasks, improving overall operation.
  • Sustainable Practice: Every shrimp and resource counts. The Sincere Aqua Shrimp Counter helps farm sustainably by ensuring accurate counts and reducing waste.
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But what does this mean for HanseGarnelen?


“Before we had the counter here, it took us about three hours with two to three persons to transfer the shrimp from nursery to growout. Now, it just takes one hour for one person, and is much more comfortable for the shrimp and more accurate. We have already ordered a second device for our other farm” said Karl Bissa, Operations Manager at HanseGarnelen

Sincere Aqua’s Take: Precision-led Future

We’re genuinely impressed by HanseGarnelen’s approach to shrimp farming. Their forward-thinking mindset and commitment to precision farming are truly commendable. The fact that they’re utilizing technologies like the shrimp counter underscores their dedication to efficiency and innovation.

With the SC-4K shrimp counter, farms are taking a step towards a precision-led, and more sustainable aquaculture. At Sincere Aqua we are proud to see how our SC-4K shrimp counter is making a tangible difference for shrimp farms. Said Fridi Mellemgaard, CEO of Sincere Aqua.

The shrimp counter brings us closer to precision aquaculture within the framework of Industry 4.0.