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

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Commerce
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$74,737.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
DG133R-05-CN-1201
Award Id:
72508
Agency Tracking Number:
NOAA 05-103
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
114 Higgins Road N, Searsmont, ME, 04973
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
StephenPage
General Manager, CEO
(207) 322-4322
spage@pivot.net
Business Contact:
StephenPage
General Manager, CEO
(207) 322-4322
spage@pivot.net
Research Institute:
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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