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

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Commerce
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$97,762.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
DG133R-04-CN-0158
Award Id:
62007
Agency Tracking Number:
2003-82
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
P.O. Box 335, Kailua, HI, 96734
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
John Cates
President
(808) 262-0267
jrc@catesinternational.com
Business Contact:
Virginia Enos
Vice President
(808) 262-0267
virginia@catesinternational.com
Research Institute:
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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