Vibration Assisted Clam Harvesting

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Agriculture
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$70,000.00
Award Year:
2001
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
2001-33610-10471
Award Id:
52180
Agency Tracking Number:
2001-00369
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
500 Wynn Drive, Suite 504, Huntsville, AL, 35816
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Peter Weiland
(256) 704-3411
pweiland@radiancetech.com
Business Contact:
E. Scott Dublin
Financial Officer
(256) 704-3404
scott@radiancetech.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The demand for clams is inversely proportional to price. Labor accounts for 50% of the cost to raise clams with harvesting adding 10% to the market price. For the clam industry to realize its full potential, efficient harvesting techniques, that are both non disruptive to the organism and the environment need to be developed. Clam harvesting is currently an extremely labor intensive operation as clams are typically raked manually from their growing beds. Mechanical harvesters offset some labor cost but are extremely disruptive to the environment and have a high capitalization cost. These systems have raised environmental concerns because they displace and suspend a large portion of the clam bed in order to filter the clams from the suspended mix. This project is developing an innovative technique that uses mechanical vibrations to guide an extractor through the clam bed to remove only the clam. Not only is the technique less disruptive to the environment, but there is also less mechanical work being performed. There is a concern with the technique about the affect of vibrations on the clam. This project will conduct the necessary biological studies to determine the impact on clam longevity and adjust the system as necessary.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

Agency Micro-sites


SBA logo

Department of Agriculture logo

Department of Commerce logo

Department of Defense logo

Department of Education logo

Department of Energy logo

Department of Health and Human Services logo

Department of Homeland Security logo

Department of Transportation logo

Enviromental Protection Agency logo

National Aeronautics and Space Administration logo

National Science Foundation logo
US Flag An Official Website of the United States Government