A Prototype Fish Metrology System for Open Ocean Aquaculture

Award Information
Agency: Department of Commerce
Branch: N/A
Contract: DG133R-05-CN-1241
Agency Tracking Number: 2004-53
Amount: $199,848.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 8.4.5
Solicitation Number: NOAA-2004-1
Solicitation Year: 2004
Award Year: 2005
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
27-470 Old Mamalahoa Highway, Papaikou, HI, 96781
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Daniel O'Connor
 Chief Scientist
 (808) 936-6287
Business Contact
 Laurie Mendonca
Title: President
Phone: (808) 964-8646
Email: pua@onomeascientific.com
Research Institution
Open-ocean aquaculture businesses are proving commercially successful. There are several refinements this technology must undergo in order to maximize productivity. One of the specific areas of refinement is in gathering detailed statistical knowledge of the captive fish stock population as a function of time. This knowledge will allow optimization of feed rates. Optimized feed rates will minimize feed costs, maximize fish yields, and minimize environmental impact. In addition, time series analysis of measured length-frequency distributions can be used to enhance fish harvesting strategies. We propose to build a novel, non-invasive, environmentally friendly, in-situ imaging system to provide fish length-frequency data on a routine basis. The prototype system is a low-cost, diver-activated, biometric imaging system with laser based absolute metrology.

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