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The Award database is continually updated throughout the year. As a result, data for the given year is not complete until April of the following year. Annual Reports data is a snapshot of agency reported information for that year and hence might look different from the live data in the Awards Information charts.

  1. Automation of Fish Net Pen Operations

    SBC: Ocean Farm Technologies, Inc.            Topic: 8114

    Open-ocean finfish aquaculture presents many challenges including net handling, scuba diving in adverse conditions, maintenance, and feeding. In Phase I, Ocean Farm Technologies, Inc. successfully demonstrated the feasibility of pen rotation, which is essential to maintaining a fish pen offshore. Phase II will develop a prototype automated operations system for marine finfish net pens. Automate ...

    SBIR Phase II 2008 Department of Commerce
  2. Wave Energy Conversion to Power Offshore Aquaculture

    SBC: Ocean Farm Technologies, Inc.            Topic: 8113

    Ocean Farm Technologies (OFT) proposes to examine using ocean wave energy to power offshore aquaculture. While developing offshore fish farming systems, OFT has recognized a pressing need for non-polluting, low-cost sources of power for system operations and diver support. The greatest need for power is in the form of pressurized air. OFT¿s AquaPodTM containment system utilizes air for posi ...

    SBIR Phase I 2008 Department of Commerce
  3. Evaluating subtidal and intertidal grow-out methods for cultured hard clams in eastern Maine: a series of manipulative field experiments

    SBC: LEACH, JESSE            Topic: N/A

    Egypt Bay Aquafarms and its non-profit aquaculture incubator/research partner, the Downeast Institute for Applied Marine Research & Education (DEI) seeks to determine the feasibility of developing effective methods to farm hard clams, Mercenaria mercenaria, subtidally in eastern Maine using hatchery-reared juveniles obtained from wild, local broodstock. Hard clams occur at very low densities from ...

    SBIR Phase I 2008 Department of Agriculture
  4. Hybrid System for Ultrasound Signal, Spectral, and Image Analyses to Enhance Meat Quality Evaluation in Food Animals

    SBC: BIOTRONICS, INC            Topic: N/A

    Determining meat quality attributes in food animals is essential for genetic selection, sorting, and marketing. Ultrasound techniques have the potential to benefit the swine industry for improvements in both quality and yield measures by non-destructive means. There is a need to continually improve percentage intramuscular fat estimation accuracy and reduced bias, especially before integration of ...

    SBIR Phase I 2008 Department of Agriculture
  5. "Intensive Commercial Rainbow Smelt Culture"

    SBC: HARMON BROOK FARM            Topic: N/A

    Commercial wild harvest of rainbow smelt populations is the principal source for supplying both the live bait and human consumption markets for this species. Unfortunately, populations of smelt have been in decline in the Northeast for decades and in 2004, NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service listed rainbow smelt as a species of concern in the Gulf of Maine. It is inevitable that commercial and ...

    SBIR Phase II 2008 Department of Agriculture
  6. Ambient Processing and Nutritional Assessment of Trypsin-Inhibitor-Null Soybean Products

    SBC: SCHILLINGER SEED INC            Topic: N/A

    Commercial soybeans require heat processing to deactivate anti-nutrition factors/enzymes. Schillinger Seed has developed a new soybean free of the key anti-nutrition Kunitz Tyrpsin Inhibitor (SKTI-Null). This new SKTI-Null) soybean presents the opportunity for ambient or cold processing of soybeans for use in food and feed. The elimination of heat processing eliminates the need of a signifcant amo ...

    SBIR Phase I 2008 Department of Agriculture
  7. An Automated Tool for Deriving FARSITE Canopy Fuel Parameters from Airborne LiDAR Data

    SBC: HyPerspectives Inc.            Topic: N/A

    The USDA is the managing agency for 192.5 million acres, much of which is national forest. A major threat to national forests is uncontrolled wildland fires. These fires are a serious threat to goods and services provided by national forests, including natural resources (timber), forage for livestock and wildlife, outdoor recreation, and a vector to sequester carbon. Healthy forests provide habita ...

    SBIR Phase II 2008 Department of Agriculture
  8. A Lateral Field Excited Sensor Element for Saxitoxin in a Marine Environment

    SBC: Mainely Sensors, LLC            Topic: N/A

    This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I grant will demonstrate the feasibility of using a Lateral Field Excited (LFE) acoustic wave sensor platform coated with a selective chemical film for the rapid in situ detection of saxitoxin (STX). Shellfish containing STX, a product of a Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) such as Red Tide, is one of the primary causes of Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) i ...

    SBIR Phase I 2008 Department of Agriculture
  9. A Lateral Field Excited Organophosphate Pesticide Sensor

    SBC: Mainely Sensors, LLC            Topic: N/A

    This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I project will demonstrate the feasibility of developing a novel lateral field excited (LFE) sensor for use as an organophosphate pesticide sensor. The technical objectives of the proposed project are: 1) to determine the selectivity to phosmet of the LFE sensor coated with polyepichlorohydrin and porous films; 2) to determine if the sensor is capable ...

    SBIR Phase I 2008 Department of Agriculture
  10. Buhl Ethanol Project: Co-producing Ethanol and Barley Protein Using Local Resources

    SBC: MONTANA MICROBIAL PRODUCTS, LLC            Topic: N/A

    The phase II project combines fuel ethanol production with manufacturing of a protein concentrate to create a new industry in a rural south Idaho community. In phase 1 research, MMP demonstrated technical feasibility of a process to produce ethanol and protein concentrate as co products from barley. The use of barley addresses irrigation constraints in south Idaho by creating increased value for a ...

    SBIR Phase II 2008 Department of Agriculture

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