Development of Non-toxic, Bio-based Antifouling Treatments for the Aquaculture Industry

Award Information
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Branch: N/A
Contract: 2014-00110
Agency Tracking Number: 2014-00110
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 8.7
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: 2014
Award Year: 2014
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
25 RESEARCH RD, East Falmouth, MA, 02536-4440
DUNS: 933847006
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Myles Walsh
 Director of Research
 (508) 540-4412
Business Contact
 Mary Walsh
Title: President
Phone: (508) 540-4412
Research Institution
The objective of the proposed research effort is to develop low-cost, non-toxic, soy-based polymers as vehicles for ePaint photoactive antifouling technology. Phase I research investigates the feasibility of synthesizing soy polymers as water-based emulsions and assessing their utility as photoactive biofouling release coatings. This approach, if successful, will result in an affordable, non-toxic means for controlling biofouling, a serious problem for aquaculture worldwide.A soy-based, non-toxic solution for controlling biofouling on aquaculture gear will 1) improve aquaculture efficiencies; 2) improve the health of farmed species; 3) increase demand for US grown crops (soy); and 4) replace current toxic methods for biofouling control.

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