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Company Information:

Name: Black Pearls Inc
Address: P.O. Box 525
Holualoa, HI 96725
Located in HUBZone: No
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
URL: N/A
Phone: N/A

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $508,384.00 9
SBIR Phase II $1,487,543.00 5

Award List:

BLACK-LIP PEARL, OYSTER HATCHERY TECHNOLOGY

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Neil Anthony Sims/d J Sar
Award Amount: $48,829.00

BLACK-LIP PEARL, OYSTER HATCHERY TECHNOLOGY

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Neil Anthony Sims/d J Sar
Award Amount: $297,564.00
Abstract:
The black-lip pearl oyster, pinctada margaritifera, is the source of rare, valuable black pearls. culture of this species has proven highly lucrative in french polynesia, with strengthening worldwide demand. the hawaiian sub-species, p. margaritifera galtsoffi, is on the hawaii state endangered… More

DEVELOPMENT OF BLACK PEARL FARMING METHODS SUITABLE FOR HAWAII AND OPEN LAGOONS OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: USDA
Principal Investigator: Mr Neil Sims
Award Amount: $50,000.00

DEVELOPMENT OF BLACK PEARL FARMING METHODS SUITABLE FOR HAWAII AND OPEN LAGOONS OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: USDA
Principal Investigator: Mr Neil Sims
Award Amount: $220,000.00
Abstract:
The successful development of reliable, large-scale, hatchery techniques for the hawaiian black-lip pearl oyster now opens up the potential for black pearl farming in new areas across the pacific. efficient, cost-effective, grow-out techniques need to be devised for the high-energy marine conditions… More

EVALUATING THE NUCLEUS ESTATE MODEL FOR HATCHERY-BASED PEARL FARMS ON REMOTE ATOLLS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: USDA
Principal Investigator: Mr Neil Anthony Sims , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $64,848.00
Abstract:
The U.S.-affiliated Pacific Islands are extremely isolated rural communities, with limited opportunities, and attendant socio-economic ailments. The best opportunity for sustainable economic development is lucrative black pearl farming. This offers great potential, but wild oysters are scarce, and… More

EVALUATING THE NUCLEUS ESTATE MODEL FOR HATCHERY-BASED PEARL FARMS ON REMOTE ATOLLS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: USDA
Principal Investigator: Mr Neil Anthony Sims , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $220,000.00
Abstract:
Not Available The U.S.-affiliated Pacific Islands are extremely isolated rural communities, with limited opportunities, and attendant socio-economic ailments. The best opportunity for sustainable economic development is lucrative black pearl farming. This offers great potential, but wild oysters are… More

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Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Neil Sims
Award Amount: $99,844.00

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Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Dale J. Sarver
Award Amount: $99,863.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project will identify commercially-important genes in Pinctada margaritifera as targets for future manipulation in order to improve the efficiency and profitability of black pearl farming. This work will also attempt to produce transgenic pearl… More

Does Size, Growth and Sterility of Triploid Black-Lip Pearl Oysters Result in Better Pearls?

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: USDA
Principal Investigator: Neil Sims
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
Pearl culture is the most lucrative aquaculture industry in the Pacific Islands, and is an ideal development activity for remote, otherwise-impoverished atolls. Commercial farmers in the U.S.-affiliated Pacific Islands must be hatchery-based, offering opportunity for value-added improvements from… More

First Triploidy in Tropical Bivalves: Can This Increase Profitability in Pearl Farms?

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: USDA
Principal Investigator: Neil A. Sims, Vice President and Research Director
Award Amount: $250,000.00
Abstract:
Triploidy offers an excellent opportunity for increased profitability and competitiveness of hatchery-based pearl farming in the U.S.-affiliated Pacific Islands and Hawaii, for little additional cost. Techniques developed in Phase I for inducing triploidy in black-lip pearl oysters (Pinctada… More

First Triploidy in Tropical Bivalves: Can This Increase Profitability in Pearl Farms?

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: USDA
Principal Investigator: Neil A. Sims, Vice President and Research Director
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
Triploidy offers an excellent opportunity for increased profitability and competitiveness of hatchery-based pearl farming in the U.S.-affiliated Pacific Islands and Hawaii, for little additional cost. Techniques developed in Phase I for inducing triploidy in black-lip pearl oysters (Pinctada… More

Controlling Pearl Color: Pigment Inhibitors, Promoters and Delivery Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: USDA
Principal Investigator: Neil A. Sims, Vice President and Research Director
Award Amount: $75,000.00
Abstract:
NON-TECHNICAL SUMMARY: The color of nacre is one of the most significant criteria in determining the value of a pearl. Nacre color is due to both schemochromic phenomena and biochromes (pigments). The vast majority of pearl farm profits comes from the small percentage of pearls that have a perfect… More

SBIR Phase II: Applying Transgenic Technology to Improve the Pearl Production Process

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Dale Sarver
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II project will develop the technology to produce faster growing oysters that yield bigger and higher quality pearls than those currently available. Prior Phase I work has already shown the production of the first-ever verifiable transgenic pearl… More

SBIR Phase II: Applying Transgenic Technology to Improve the Pearl Production Process

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Dale Sarver
Award Amount: $499,979.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II project will develop the technology to produce faster growing oysters that yield bigger and higher quality pearls than those currently available. Prior Phase I work has already shown the production of the first-ever verifiable transgenic pearl… More