DEVELOPMENT OF A COMMERCIALLY VIABLE YELLOW PERCH (PERCA FLAVESCENS) CULTURE SYSTEM

Award Information
Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$224,919.00
Award Year:
1989
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
7467
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Bay Port Fish Company Inc.
1008 First Street, Bay Port, MI, 48720
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Forrest N Williams
() -
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
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