Development of a Method for Fish Transfer and Harvest from Submerged Net Pens

Award Information
Agency: Department of Commerce
Branch: N/A
Contract: DG133R-05-CN-1201
Agency Tracking Number: NOAA 05-103
Amount: $74,737.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: 8.1.16
Solicitation Number: NOAA-2005-1
Small Business Information
Ocean Farm Technologies, Inc. c/o Gulf of Maine Aquaculture Company, LLC
114 Higgins Road N, Searsmont, ME, 04973
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Stephen Page
 General Manager, CEO
 (207) 322-4322
 spage@pivot.net
Business Contact
 Stephen Page
Title: General Manager, CEO
Phone: (207) 322-4322
Email: spage@pivot.net
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Successful commercialization of open ocean finfish aquaculture will depend on developing new, presently unavailable methods of transferring and harvesting fish from submerged containment structures. Ocean Farm Technologies, LLC will conduct research on developing a method to safely and efficiently transfer and harvest fish from submerged pens, using the patent pending AquaPodTM containment system as a platform. Phase I will involve scale model feasibility studies of several fish transfer methods using facilities at the University of Maine Center for Cooperative Aquaculture Rwswarch (CCAR) in Franklin, Maine. Analysis will include real time video monitoring of fish behavior, feeding activity and measurement of stress indicators in fish being transferred. Results of this study will be used to determine the economic and operational feasibility of implementing the fish transfer technology on a commercial scale, and if feasible, to design a full-scale fish transfer system for Phase II.

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