Mississippi, October 30, 2023 – Mississippi’s aquaculture industry faces a soaring challenge as white egrets threaten fish populations, jeopardizing farms valued at $700,000 each. In response, innovative laser bird control technology is coming to the rescue.
The AVIX Autonomic Mark II, a laser bird deterrent system, has gained popularity among fish farmers for its use of green lights to disrupt bird behavior and effectively deter them from the environment without causing any harm. Distributed by In-Situ Environmental and created by Bird Control Group, these lasers are deployed at leading Mississippi fish farms, including Bear Creek Fisheries and Harvest Select Catfish.
Bear Creek Fisheries, known for nurturing juvenile and food-grade fish, has struggled with egrets disrupting feeding routines. According to spokesperson Andy Jones, “Birds consume 10 to 15 percent of our fish annually, driving up costs significantly.”
Harvest Select Catfish, besieged by thousands of egrets, faced massive fish losses and a financial burden. Jonathan Henderson, Farm Manager, explained, “We estimate a 10% loss, which equates to $750,000 worth of fish or more.”
Both farms have successfully implemented the AVIX Autonomic Mark II laser bird repellents, achieving remarkable results. Henderson noted, “We’ve seen an 80–90% reduction in bird presence this year, thanks to these lasers.”
The introduction of AVIX Autonomic Mark II lasers marks a game-changer for the aquaculture industry, safeguarding profits and ensuring sustainability.
About Bird Control Group
Bird Control Group provides innovative solutions to keep birds at a distance from agricultural and commercial activities, ensuring a safer working environment and a highly effective way of damage prevention.
Customers include Cargill, Coca-Cola, Heineken, and Google. Bird Control Group operates in more than 100 countries worldwide with offices in the United States and the Netherlands.
About In-Situ Environmental
Headquartered in Fort Collins, Colorado, In-Situ simplifies water monitoring for surface water, coastal, groundwater, aquaculture, drinking water, and wastewater applications with reliable, low-maintenance instrumentation and user-friendly software designed to work together.