Construction and Testing of a Spar Feeding System for an Offshore Aquaculture Farm

Award Information
Agency: Department of Commerce
Branch: N/A
Contract: DG133R-04-CN-0158
Agency Tracking Number: 2003-82
Amount: $97,762.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2003
Solicitation Topic Code: 8.4.5
Solicitation Number: NOAA-2003-1
Small Business Information
Cates International, Inc.
P.O. Box 335, Kailua, HI, 96734
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 John Cates
 President
 (808) 262-0267
 jrc@catesinternational.com
Business Contact
 Virginia Enos
Title: Vice President
Phone: (808) 262-0267
Email: virginia@catesinternational.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
This SBIR Phase II project proposes to add telemetry and monitoring equipment to the spar designed and constructed under our Phase I contract. Furthermore, we propose to test and evaluate an automated spar feeding system suitable for use on an operating offshore fish farm. C Cates International, Inc. has developed a feeding system for it¿s underwater cages that functions from a small boat. But this requires the presence of men at the site. We propose to equip and operate and test a 3 meter by 13 meter spar buoy to serve as an automatic feeding station that will be able to feed up to four cages. The spar will contain feed storage hoppers, a diesel electric generator, various water and slurry pumps and automated equipment to maintain the spar¿s buoyancy as feed is removed.

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