A Prototype Net Cleaning System for Open-Ocean Aquaculture Cages

Award Information
Agency: Department of Commerce
Branch: N/A
Contract: DG133R06CN0166
Agency Tracking Number: DG133R06CN0166
Amount: $95,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: 8.1.10
Solicitation Number: NOAA-2006-1
Small Business Information
27-470 Old Mamalahoa Hwy, Papaikou, HI, 96781
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Daniel O'Connor
 Chief Scientist
 (808) 936-6287
 danoc@interpac.net
Business Contact
 Daniel O'Connor
Title: Member
Phone: (808) 964-6287
Email: danoc@interpac.net
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Open-Ocean Aquaculture businesses are proving commercially successful. There are several technical refinements the industry must undergo in order to maximize productivity and future expansion. We address a problem common to all off-shore open-ocean aquaculture cage systems, marine biofouling of the net mesh used for the enclosure. Significant amounts of biofoulding leads to increased pollutant levels within the cage, increased population stress due to that pollution, and increased probability of disease for the stock population. We propose to build and evaluate a novel, environmentally friendly, remotely operated, net cleaning system capable of cleaning present day off-shore aquaculture cages. This innovation will significantly lower offshore labor overhead costs for off-shore aquaculture cages.

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