Construction and Testing of a Spar Feeding System for an Offshore Aquaculture Farm
Small Business Information
Cates International, Inc.
P.O. Box 335, Kailua, HI, 96734
AbstractThis 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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