You are here

Increasing Domestic Salmonid Production In An Economically And Environmentally Sustainable System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Branch: N/A
Contract: 2019-00777
Agency Tracking Number: 2019-00777
Amount: $99,101.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 8.12
Solicitation Number: USDA-NIFA-SBIR-006649
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2019
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-07-18
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-03-31
Small Business Information
51 North Falmouth Highway, North Falmouth, MA, 02556-3103
DUNS: 078578530
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Daniel Ward
 President
 (603) 505-0865
 dan@wardaquafarms.com
Business Contact
 Daniel Ward
Title: President
Phone: (603) 505-0865
Email: dan@wardaquafarms.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The east coast of the United States has a prospering and growing shellfish aquaculture industry withover 1000 small farms producing $45 million annually in dockside revenue. However there arecurrently no marine finfish aquaculture operations outside of limited salmon operations in the stateof Maine. This is partially due to difficulty in securing permits for finfish operations and partiallydue to the difficulty in growing a fish in New England waters year round. With coastal watertemperatures that can fluctuate in excess of 20 degrees Celsius there are very few options in termsof species of fish to grow and places to grow them. The future expansion of the Massachusettsaquaculture industry is dependent on developing alternative strategies to diversify farms within ahighly developed marine ecosystem. This project will demonstrate the economic and environmentalviability of a novel grow-out strategy for farming steelhead trout by utilizing existing marinainfrastructure in the winter offseason from October to May. This will yield farmers a high-valuedoff-season crop for aquaculture operations increasing the profitability and production of the farm.Netpens are less likely to receive negative stakeholder feedback if sited in commercially establishedmarina locations in the winter offseason. The netpens will be surrounded by eastern oysters and bayscallops in lantern nets and lines of sugar kelp to incorporate an integrated multi-trophic design.The addition of filter feeding shellfish and nutrient retaining kelp will decrease the environmentalimpacts while increasing the economic viability of the system by adding new crops to the farm.

* Information listed above is at the time of submission. *

US Flag An Official Website of the United States Government