Welcome   Sponsored By
Subscribe | Register | Advertise | Newsletter | About us | Contact us
If you would like to send us an article, contact Margaret Stacey

Centuries ago, skilled Japanese fishermen developed the ike jime technique to humanely kill fish.

Shinkei Announces USD 6 Million in Seed Funding for Sustainable Robotic Fish Harvesting

  (UNITED STATES, 5/1/2024)

Shinkei is pioneering a commercial fish processing technology and announced USD 6 million in new seed funding for the launch of its modern system that merges machine learning, robotics, and centuries-old fish harvesting techniques. The round was led by Cantos, with additional participation by 8VC, Impatient Ventures, Susa/Humba Ventures, Carya Venture Partners, Ravelin Capital, Red & Blue Ventures, Undeterred Capital, and others joining existing investors.

Fish is the primary source of protein for over 3 billion people, yet over 60 percent of all fish caught in America are never actually eaten. Shinkei automates the time-tested ike jime technique of humanely processing fish, enhancing the quality, taste and shelf-life of the raw product. Importantly, fish processed using this technology remain fresh for up to three times as long as the standard harvesting methods.

Shinkei Systems is a robotic company intended to minimize fish waste and multiply shelf-life. It offer key point inference, depth perception, surgical accuracy, species and production tracking to the fishing industry, enabling fishing businesses to remove labour costs and speed up processing without any error.

"The commercial fishing industry has enjoyed many technological advances over its long history, but we believe one of the biggest advances just arrived," Saif Khawaja, Founder and CEO of Shinkei and founding member of the NFI Sushi Council, said. "Enhancing the taste, shelf-life, and overall quality of harvested fish — while at the same time boosting sustainability and eliminating waste — is a win/win for fishermen, consumers, and every step of the supply chain in between. We're thrilled to be able to bring this incredible technology to an industry that has given the world so much."

 Saif Khawaja.

Centuries ago, skilled Japanese fishermen developed the ike jime technique to humanely kill fish and reduce stress on the animals, preventing the buildup of lactic acid and other stress derivative chemicals that quickly spoil the flesh. Harnessing the latest advancements in robotics and machine learning, Shinkei has fully automated the ike jime method, processing each fish in as little as 10 seconds.

Furthermore, by harvesting the fish immediately on the boat or shore, the fish are not left to suffocate and further risk early spoilage. This approach is much more humane for the fish and more valuable and sustainable for farmers and consumers alike.

"At Shinkei, we're focusing on how robotics can bring higher quality fish to consumers in a more sustainable way," Reed Ginsberg, VP of Engineering at Shinkei, said. "This process naturally coincides with the toughest robotics problems the world is facing today. Here, we're realizing every roboticist's dream, navigating the convergence of clean-sheet mechanism design and precise motion control. We seamlessly integrate these elements with advanced autonomy and computer vision, driving innovation in the fishing industry one breakthrough at a time."

The launch of this machine aligns with the increasing demand in the seafood market, Shinkei Systems is expanding its offerings to meet market needs.

Shinkei's hardware can be fitted and integrated into most fishing gear. Shinkei is working on integration systems with high volume methods. With rapid, precise processing, fishermen can expect reliable results and the highest quality product to bring to market. In addition to wild-caught fish, Shinkei is also successfully used in commercial fish farming, and the company is presently engaged with suppliers including LocalCoho, who sells to Yama Seafood, the purveyor of superior quality fish to Michelin-starred restaurants and fine dining establishments.

"Shinkei's ike jime harvesting robot was critical for LocalCoho's expansion into new markets and sales channels," Michael Fabbro, LocalCoho CEO, said.

"We're thrilled with the cutting-edge technology and support Shinkei has deployed at our farm. It's allowed us to not only meet humane harvesting criteria, but it's greatly improved fish quality. We've seen improvements in texture and shelf life, and now have a more consistent product as well. In addition, our target customers are much more inclined to buy fish that have been humanely harvested – especially fish that have been harvested using ike jime. Shinkei gives us a very unique point of differentiation in the market."

The company is pioneering the automation of the ike jime fish processing technique, enhancing the shelf-life, flavour, and throughput of fish.

Reimagining fish processing is just the first step in Shinkei's ambitious mission to fundamentally revolutionize the entire meat supply chain. The company plans to dramatically simplify the meat industry's most laborious processes with its automation technology, ultimately enhancing the quality of the most nutritionally dense food product on our planet while simultaneously reducing waste and improving overall sustainability of the food supply.

About Shinkei Systems

Shinkei is transforming the world's food supply chains with the vanguard technologies of today. Harnessing centuries of fish-harvesting wisdom, the company's premiere robotic process produces a fresher, more sustainable product by eliminating waste and the stress on each fish. With built-in analytics, the system is highly scalable and can be optimized for any fishing operation.
Source: Shinkei

[email protected]

Information of the company:
State/ZIP: New York
Country: United States
E-Mail: [email protected]
More about:


Click to know how to advertise in FIS
Skretting Introduces New Feed Formulation Concept
FDO Showcases Range of Seafood Products at HORECA Oman 2024
Atlantic Sapphire Further Reduces Carbon Footprint by Joining Esteemed FPL Solar Together Program
GSA Launches BAP Consumer Websites in French and German
High Liner Foods Invests US$10M in Andfjord Salmon
Blue Star Foods Reports 19% Growth to U$2.3 M Revenue for First Quarter Ended March 31
Filetfabrikken is Ready for the Future of Fish Processing
Wanda Fish Unveils Its First Cell-Cultivated Bluefin Tuna Toro Sashimi
Veramaris Achieves a Record-breaking Year With a 50% Increase in Production Volumes
Online registration is Now Open for Aquaculture Vietnam 2024
Tasmanian Oyster Company Renews Friend of the Sea Certification
Good Results in a Biologically Challenging Quarter for Mowi in Norway
Coles Canned Tuna Range to Get Tick of Approval from MSC
Seaweed Caviar: The “Roe” of the Future
A Gourmet Line of Peruvian Seafood Like no Other
Shinkei Announces USD 6 Million in Seed Funding for Sustainable Robotic Fish Harvesting
BEWI Introduces New EPS Grades and Fish Boxes with 60% Lower CO2 Footprint
Enabling the Blue Food Revolution
American Seafoods Releases Annual Sustainability Report
Natural Shrimp, Inc. Completes Successful Trial in Japan
More Articles...

Vietnamese canned tuna increases market share in the US
Viet Nam Vietnam's canned tuna exports continue to grow rapidly in the first months of 2024. In April 2024 alone, canned tuna exports to this market increased by 127 %, reaching more than 10 million USD. A...
GSA Releases Outline of the Responsible Seafood Summit 2024 Conference Program
United Kingdom Global Seafood Alliance (GSA) has announced the release of an outline of its highly anticipated Responsible Seafood Summit conference program for 2024. Set to take place in October in St Andrews,...
Indian Ocean squid price index: Flying squid (Ommastrephes bartramii)
China In order to continuously enhance the ability to control squid resources and price influence, and conduct more accurate resource assessment and forecasting, the China Ocean Fisheries Association&n...
Court Ruling Orders Seizure of the Tai An Vessel
Argentina Federal Court No. 11 where the case for environmental damage is being processed in a collective process decided to issue the definitive seizure of the ship, after considering that the plaintiffs have ...

Maruha Nichiro Corporation
Nichirei Corporation - Headquarters
Pesquera El Golfo S.A.
Ventisqueros - Productos del Mar Ventisqueros S.A
Wärtsilä Corporation - Wartsila Group Headquarters
ITOCHU Corporation - Headquarters
BAADER - Nordischer Maschinenbau Rud. Baader GmbH+Co.KG (Head Office)
Inmarsat plc - Global Headquarters
Marks & Spencer
Tesco PLC (Supermarket) - Headquarters
Sea Harvest Corporation (PTY) Ltd. - Group Headquarters
I&J - Irvin & Johnson Holding Company (Pty) Ltd.
AquaChile S.A. - Group Headquarters
Pesquera San Jose S.A.
Nutreco N.V. - Head Office
CNFC China National Fisheries Corporation - Group Headquarters
W. van der Zwan & Zn. B.V.
SMMI - Sunderland Marine Mutual Insurance Co., Ltd. - Headquarters
Icicle Seafoods, Inc
Starkist Seafood Co. - Headquearters
Trident Seafoods Corp.
American Seafoods Group LLC - Head Office
Marel - Group Headquarters
SalMar ASA - Group Headquarters
Sajo Industries Co., Ltd
Hansung Enterprise Co.,Ltd.
BIM - Irish Sea Fisheries Board (An Bord Iascaigh Mhara)
CEFAS - Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science
COPEINCA ASA - Corporacion Pesquera Inca S.A.C.
Chun Cheng Fishery Enterprise Pte Ltd.
VASEP - Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters & Producers
Gomes da Costa
Furuno Electric Co., Ltd. (Headquarters)
NISSUI - Nippon Suisan Kaisha, Ltd. - Group Headquarters
FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization - Fisheries and Aquaculture Department (Headquarter)
Hagoromo Foods Co., Ltd.
Koden Electronics Co., Ltd. (Headquarters)
A.P. Møller - Maersk A/S - Headquarters
BVQI - Bureau Veritas Quality International (Head Office)
UPS - United Parcel Service, Inc. - Headquarters
Brim ehf (formerly HB Grandi Ltd) - Headquarters
Hamburg Süd Group - (Headquearters)
Armadora Pereira S.A. - Grupo Pereira Headquarters
Costa Meeresspezialitäten GmbH & Co. KG
NOAA - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Headquarters)
Mowi ASA (formerly Marine Harvest ASA) - Headquarters
Marubeni Europe Plc -UK-
Findus Ltd
Icom Inc. (Headquarter)
WWF Centroamerica
Oceana Group Limited
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
Ajinomoto Co., Inc. - Headquarters
Friosur S.A. - Headquarters
Cargill, Incorporated - Global Headquarters
Benihana Inc.
Leardini Pescados Ltda
CJ Corporation  - Group Headquarters
Greenpeace International - The Netherlands | Headquarters
David Suzuki Foundation
Fisheries and Oceans Canada -Communications Branch-
Mitsui & Co.,Ltd - Headquarters
NOREBO Group (former Ocean Trawlers Group)
Natori Co., Ltd.
Carrefour Supermarket - Headquarters
FedEx Corporation - Headquarters
Cooke Inc. - Group Headquarters
AKBM - Aker BioMarine ASA
Seafood Choices Alliance -Headquarter-
Austevoll Seafood ASA
Walmart | Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (Supermarket) - Headquarters
New Japan Radio Co.Ltd (JRC) -Head Office-
Gulfstream JSC
Marine Stewardship Council - MSC Worldwide Headquarters
Royal Dutch Shell plc (Headquarter)
Genki Sushi Co.,Ltd -Headquarter-
Iceland Pelagic ehf
AXA Assistance Argentina S.A.
Caterpillar Inc. - Headquarters
Tiger Brands Limited
National Geographic Society
AmazonFresh, LLC - AmazonFresh

Copyright 1995 - 2024 Seafood Media Group Ltd.| All Rights Reserved.   DISCLAIMER