Northwest Fisheries Science Center

Patented NOAA Feeder for Juvenile and Larval Fishes Wins National Award

August 5, 2015 Contributed by Derek Parks, NOAA’s Technology Transfer Program

The The next link/button will exit from NWFSC web site Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer (FLC), which is a nation-wide network of federal lab representatives helping to link federal labs to the marketplace, will award NOAA with its Outstanding Technology Development in the Far West Region for its newly-patented fish feeder.

The Microparticulate Feeder for Larval and Juvenile Fish was developed by Tom Scott at NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center in Seattle, Washington, to meet research and development needs at the aquaculture facility. The device automatically feeds young fish on a recurrent basis while protecting the feed from oxidation and clumping. The device’s precise dosing capabilities, along with its reliability over many feedings, have made it a boon for the NOAA fisheries facility. The technology was also just awarded a U.S. patent and is now available for licensing by a qualified U.S. company.

The FLC Far West Region awards will be presented at the organization’s annual awards dinner on Wednesday August 26, 2015 as part of the Far West / Mid-Continent Regional Meeting in San Diego, CA.

To learn more about the NOAA Microparticulate Fish Feeder, please see the The next link/button will exit from NWFSC web site licensing opportunity page for the device on the Technology Partnerships Office website.

Please visit our NOAA websites to learn more about The next link/button will exit from NWFSC web site NOAA Fisheries, the Northwest Fisheries Science Center and the NOAA The next link/button will exit from NWFSC web site Office of Aquaculture.


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    NOAA's Microparticulate Feeder