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Web-Crawler: A Paired Robotic System for Cleaning Offshore Aquaculture Nets

Award Information

Department of Commerce
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2006 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
NOAA 06-33
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Solicitation Topic Code:
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Small Business Information
Scientific Fishery Systems, Inc
PO Box 242065 Anchorage, AK 99524-2065
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: Yes
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: Web-Crawler: A Paired Robotic System for Cleaning Offshore Aquaculture Nets
Agency: DOC
Contract: DG133R06CN0144
Award Amount: $95,000.00


Scientific Fishery Systems, Inc. (SciFish) proposes the development of a paired robotic Web-Crawler system for automatically cleaning offshore aquaculture nets. The Web-Crawler concept places paired wheeled robotic vehicles on either side of the cage, connected by magnets. Only one of the two vehicles will be powered, the other will be passive and be pulled along by its active partner. The vehicle will follow a predetermined path defined by a wire wove into the net. It is our initial hypothesis that the repeated movement over the net will be sufficient to eliminate biofouling. However, if necessary, water jets can be added to the system to provide additional cleaning capability. Power delivery to the vehicle will be provided to the vehicle on the outside of the pen. Phase I will address specific design issues such as sizing, coverage rates, power, and reliability

Principal Investigator:

Jae-Byung Jung
Senior Engineer II

Business Contact:

Patrick K. Simpson
Small Business Information at Submission:

Scientific Fishery Systems, Inc.
P.O. Box 242065 Anchorage, AK 99524

EIN/Tax ID: 330608481
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No