ON-BOARD PROCESSING OF DOGFISH AND SKATES

Award Information
Agency: Department of Commerce
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 14675
Amount: $200,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Timeline
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 1992
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
143 Essex St, Haverhill, MA, 01832
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Joseph B Novello
 (508) 373-9800
Business Contact
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Research Institution
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Abstract
THE DECLINE IN THE NEW ENGLAND (NE) GROUND FISH STOCK IS SEVERELY AFFECTING THE NE FISHERIES' ECONOMY. TO REVERSE THIS DESTRUCTIVE TREND, NMFS HAS THE DIFFICULT AND UNPOPULARTASK OF IMPLEMENTING STOCK RECOVERY PROGRAMS WHICH REQUIRE CATCH REDUCTIONS. NMFS REPORTS 70% OF PRESENT FISH STOCKS ARE DOGFISH AND SKATES WHICH ARE UNDER-UTILIZED AND ARE GROUND FISH PREDATORS. ALTHOUGH THESE ABUNDANT FISH HAVE A STRONG EXPORT AND GROWING U.S. MARKET, THEY REPRESENT LESS THAN 5% OF NE CATCH. THIS CONDITION EXISTS BECAUSE IT IS NOT ECONOMICAL, IN LONG TERM, FOR MAJORITY OF VESSELS AND PROCESS PLANTS TO INVEST IN DOGFISH/SKATE FISHERIES. THIS PROJECT WILL PROVE ON BOARD PROCESSING WILL ENABLE BROADER AND PROFITABLE LONG TERM DOGFISH AND SKATE FISHERIES TO BE ACHIEVED. THE FEASIBILITY OF UNIQUE PROCESSING EQUIPMENT DESIGNED FOR VESSEL NEEDS AND CONSTRAINTS IS A KEY PART OF THIS PROOF. SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF THIS SBIR PROJECT WOULD NOT ONLY PROVIDE COMMERCIAL VALUE BUT ALSO; PROVIDE A POSITIVE METHODTO REDUCE GROUND FISH CATCH VOLUMES; RESTORE BALANCE OF GROUND FISH PREDATORS; AND PROVIDE A LONG TERM SOLUTION TO OVER FISHING WITHOUT SACRIFICING NE FISHERMEN JOBS. FISHERMEN ARE THE ROOTS OF U.S. FISHERIES INDUSTRY AND THEIRECONOMICAL SURVIVAL WILL ENSURE LONG TERM U.S. FISHERIES CAPABILITY.

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