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

Award Information
Agency: Department of Commerce
Branch: N/A
Contract: DG133R-03-CN-0044
Agency Tracking Number: 2003-82
Amount: $49,970.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2003
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
780 Kapii Street, Kailua, HI, 96734
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 John Cates
 (808) 262-0267
Business Contact
 Virginia Enos
Title: Vice President
Phone: (808) 262-0267
Research Institution
This SBIR Phase 1 project proposes to design, construct, and test and evaluate a spar feeding system suitable for use on an operating offshore fish farm. To minimize the labor costs for operations in a remote location, remote feeding systems are needed so that feeding of the fish can take place even if the farmer is unable to get to the site. 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 construct and test a 6 meter by 15 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 spars buoyancy as feed is removed.

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