Aquatic Animal Culturing Patents (Class 119/200)
  • Patent number: 11412720
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention relate to mollusk with fluorescent coatings. Also disclosed are aquarium kits comprising a tank, mollusk and an excitation light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: GloFish, LLC
    Inventors: Alan Blake, Richard Crockett
  • Patent number: 11139840
    Abstract: Methods for attaching a radio frequency (RF) transmitter to an animal are provided. The methods can include providing an RF transmitter and providing an injection device having a needle of gauge of 9 or smaller; providing the RF transmitter into the injection device; and providing the RF transmitter through the 9 gauge or smaller needle and into the animal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: Battelle Memorial Institute
    Inventors: Z. Daniel Deng, Jun Lu, Huidong Li, Chuan Tian, Mitchell J. Myjak, Brian J. Bellgraph, Sam Cartmell, Jie Xiao
  • Patent number: 11080821
    Abstract: A method for generating stereoscopic imagery comprising the steps of building an automated benthic ecology system comprising a high-resolution still camera, a high-resolution video camera, an environmental sensor package, a stereoscopic camera, and underwater housing, wherein the high-resolution video camera is configured for constant recording, turning the video camera on and hovering the ABES at the desired depth for a specific period of time acquiring imagery, wherein the imagery is automatically time-stamped with a date and time, extracting frames from the video, matching the timestamps on the photographs with the timestamps of the ROV log, which provides latitude, longitude and depth measurements, georeferencing each image using GeoSetter software, stitching imagery from the stereoscopic camera into a panoramic image using software.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Cheryl Ann Cooke, Steven Patrick Murphy, Kris Gibson
  • Patent number: 10918094
    Abstract: A floating fish farming plant including a cage supported by a buoyant body which is configured for floating in a body of water. The farming plant further includes a lifting portion arranged between the buoyant body and the cage and configured for moving the cage between a position at the level of, or below, the buoyant body and a position in which at least a portion of the cage is above the buoyant body. The cage includes at least a lower section, forming a bottom portion of the cage, said lower section having a wall comprising an elastic material and/or being elastically connected to the middle sections; whereby transfer of dynamic forces between the lower section and the adjoining section is reduced. An assembly comprises a plurality of fish farming plants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Inventor: Alf Reidar Sandstad
  • Patent number: 10865371
    Abstract: Bioreactor systems for culturing mixotrophic microorganisms in open cultures on a large scale are disclosed herein. Embodiments of the system comprise organic carbon delivery systems and submersible thrusters suspended on adjustable support structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Heliae Development LLC
    Inventors: Eneko Ganuza Taberna, Thomas Adame, Anna Lee Tonkovich, Adriano Galvez, Timothy Sullivan
  • Patent number: 10329165
    Abstract: A mobile treatment system having a mobile or wheelable container able to receive a secondary volume of water separate from the primary volume of water of the aquarium; a pump mountable to a portion of the mobile container, a first Inlet of the pump able to draw water from a portion of the mobile container, a first outlet of the pump connectable for selectively directing water drawn into the first Inlet back into the mobile container after conditioning of the water, a second inlet able to draw conditioned water from a portion of the mobile container having the conditioned water; a second outlet allowing transfer of the conditioned water from the mobile container to the aquarium, wherein the water is conditioned in the secondary volume of the mobile container at a position remote to the aquarium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: AQAVIVE PTY LTD
    Inventors: Glen Penrose, James Penrose, Scott Penrose
  • Patent number: 10271527
    Abstract: Protective device for animal breeding, such as the breeding of fish, mussels or mollusks, includes at least an inner cage that can be positioned in a body of water and which is formed from a net. This inner cage is dimensioned with a mesh width such that the animals to be bred are retained within the net. It is preferably totally surrounded by at least one outer cage spaced apart from the inner cage, and which is produced from a net made of thin wires and/or strands. The mesh width of the outer cage is greater than the mesh width of the inner cage, and it is thus guaranteed that predators cannot damage the net of the inner cage from the outside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Geobrugg AG
    Inventor: Urs Dornbierer
  • Patent number: 10258029
    Abstract: A drift fence camera trap enclosure includes a frame and sheathing mounted on the frame. An opening extends from a first side of the drift fence camera trap enclosure to a second side of the drift camera enclosure. A threshold is located within the opening. A detection unit detects passage of an animal over the threshold. A camera is configured to capture pictures or video of the animal as the animals cross the threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Inventor: Michael T. Hobbs
  • Patent number: 10195585
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a process for the conversion of biomass to crude bio-oil. Phycocyanin is extracted from the biomass to form phycocyanin extracted biomass (PEB) and subjecting the PEB to HTL conversion to obtain crude bio-oil. PEB results in improved yield of crude bio-oil as compared to the crude bio-oil yield from biomass without first extracting the phycocyanin from the biomass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Reliance Industries Limited
    Inventors: Badrish Ranjitlal Soni, Mandan Chidambaram, Kshudiram Mantri, Vijayakumar Vinodhkumar, Sasanka Raha, Venkatesh Prasad, Ramesh Bhujade, Santanu Dasgupta, Nagesh Sharma, Raksh Vir Jasra
  • Patent number: 10123515
    Abstract: An aquarium bacteria management device may include a tank configured to contain a fluid and a light source configured to illuminate the tank. Electrodes may extend into the tank and be spaced apart from one another. The electrodes may introduce a first electric current through the fluid between the electrodes. A photovoltaic panel may be positioned to receive illumination from the light source and to convert the illumination into a second electric current in order to provide the first electric current to the electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Aerobic Living, LLC
    Inventors: David Simeoli, Georganne Simeoli
  • Patent number: 9781906
    Abstract: A method for constructing a cage body of a tapered cage assembled in a rigid-flexible manner includes steps as follows. A cage body of a tapered aquaculture cage is assembled by combining a rigid-structure copper alloy stretched mesh and a flexible synthetic fiber mesh. Pipe rings mounted on the standard component of the synthetic fiber mesh are mated in a staggered manner with plugging rings on the standard component of the copper alloy stretched mesh, and high-performance synthetic fiber rope is rove through the pipe rings and the plugging rings; in this way, the connection is completed. The cage effectively improves the cage resilience under the ocean current condition, avoids mesh sheet deformation or corner breakage, enhances the water exchange capability in and out of the cage body of the gravity cage, and effectively improves the growth environment for the fishes farmed in the cage body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Inventors: Lumin Wang, Jiangao Shi, Yongli Liu
  • Patent number: 9781907
    Abstract: System for detecting the level of discomfort of aquatic animals during experimental studies, with a water tank, a reference electrode placed at one of the sides of the tank, at least one recording electrode placed at another side of the tank, a bio amplifier for amplifying a received bio-signal at the recording electrode, a microprocessor for treating the signals and a low-pass filter for filtering the signals received. The system can provide a precise, quantifiable and specific indication of the level of stress/wellbeing of aquatic animals in normal living conditions as well as in experimental conditions without interfering with the animals' life.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: FUNDACION AZTI
    Inventors: Gonzalo A Garcia, Sandra Rainieri
  • Patent number: 9756799
    Abstract: An aquaponic system, having at least one farming section; each farming section has an aquaculture unit, a vegetable farming unit and a water circulation unit; the aquaculture unit has an outer tank and an aquaculture tank inside the outer tank; the vegetable farming unit has a vegetable farming column and a water collection tank at a bottom part thereof; the water circulation unit has a filter tank, a water pump, and at least one guiding pipe extending from the aquaculture tank to the vegetable farming column; a water inlet of the filter tank is connected with a water outlet of the aquaculture tank; a water outlet of the filter tank is connected with a water inlet of the aquaculture tank; one end of the water pump is connected with the water collection tank, another end of the water pump is connected with the aquaculture tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Contech Solutions Limited
    Inventor: Shek Tat Arthur Lee
  • Patent number: 9673516
    Abstract: The present invention provides, in alternative embodiments, high temperature transponders that can withstand high temperature shocks and can maintain their physical and electrical characteristics following high temperature exposure, and methods of making said transponders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: JAMM Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Ezequiel Mejia
  • Patent number: 9155248
    Abstract: Apparatus and method for harvesting plankton and/or other biomass from a dead zone in a body of water includes structure and/or function whereby at least one support float is provided to float on a surface of the body of water. At least one support structure is coupled to the at least one support float, and is configured to support a substantially rigid frame within a dead (e.g., hypoxic) zone below the surface in the body of water. A main funnel is coupled to the at least one support structure within the dead zone, and is configured to collect descending biomass and funnel it toward a lower funnel that is coupled to the bottom of the main funnel. A collection canister is preferably disposed within the lower funnel, and is configured to store the descending biomass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Inventor: William R. Becker
  • Publication number: 20150143555
    Abstract: This invention is directed to the composition, method of production, aid rrse of improved edible fish, crustacean, or mollusk products enriched with one or more components that provide health benefits to humans or other animals consuming the product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: David J. KYLE, Moti HAREL, John PIECHOCKI
  • Patent number: 9021987
    Abstract: A Vertically Integrated Aquaculture System for producing high quality consumer seafood products at a significantly reduced cost. The Vertically Integrated Aquaculture System includes at least one aquaculture grow-out module for containing an aquaculture species, a feed handling system for distributing feed to the aquaculture species located in the aquaculture grow-out module(s), an aquaculture species moving system for routing the aquaculture species at least out of the aquaculture grow-out module(s), and a processing system for processing the aquaculture species after harvesting from the aquaculture grow-out module(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignees: Aquama of Aquaculture Technologies, Ltd, Dakota Fisheries, Inc.
    Inventor: Gary Myers
  • Publication number: 20150114304
    Abstract: A system for organic farming of aquatic livestock has at least one substantially enclosed container structured and arranged to contain at least one input-controlled organic environment usable to organically farm such aquatic livestock. At least one pollutant-free water-supplier is structured and arranged to supply, to the at least one substantially enclosed container, water substantially free of environmental pollutants. At least one aquatic life-support unit is structured and arranged to maintain within the at least one substantially enclosed container habitable environment consistent with sustaining growth of such aquatic livestock. At least one heating system is coupled to the at least one substantially enclosed container for heating an air mixture. The air mixture is injected into the water substantially free of environmental pollutants to heat the water substantially free of environmental pollutants.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2015
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: LARRY PIERCE
  • Patent number: 9016240
    Abstract: A method for enhancing the production of aquatic organisms under cultivation, including the steps of exposing the aquatic organisms to a submerged illumination source inside water of a rearing unit; and maintaining illumination in the rearing unit for a rearing period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Inventor: Juliette Delabbio
  • Publication number: 20150104554
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a method and apparatus for extracting carbon dioxide (CO2) from a fluid stream and for delivering that extracted CO2 to controlled environments for utilization by a secondary process. Various extraction and delivery methods are disclosed specific to certain secondary uses, included the attraction of CO2 sensitive insects, the ripening and preservation of produce, and the neutralization of brine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Applicant: Kilimanjaro Energy, Inc.
    Inventors: Allen B. Wright, Klaus S. Lackner
  • Publication number: 20150083050
    Abstract: An offshore aquaculture system based on a semisubmersible platform having storage and maintenance facilities for supporting aquaculture with an attached framework, to which net covered rigid aquaculture cages are movably connected and controllably positioned according to sea conditions. The cages may be sunk or raised to protect the aquaculture products, and all maintenance and feeding is carried out by crew onboard the platform.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventor: Shay Brosh
  • Patent number: 8950361
    Abstract: A system for organic farming of aquatic livestock has at least one substantially enclosed container structured and arranged to contain at least one input-controlled organic environment usable to organically farm such aquatic livestock. At least one pollutant-free water-supplier is structured and arranged to supply, to the at least one substantially enclosed container, water substantially free of environmental pollutants. At least one aquatic life-support unit is structured and arranged to maintain within the at least one substantially enclosed container habitable environment consistent with sustaining growth of such aquatic livestock. At least one heating system is coupled to the at least one substantially enclosed container for heating an air mixture. The air mixture is injected into the water substantially free of environmental pollutants to heat the water substantially free of environmental pollutants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Casa Grande Fish Farm JV, LLC
    Inventor: Larry Pierce
  • Publication number: 20140216350
    Abstract: The invention discloses an artificial pairing and breeding method of Platysternon megacephalum. The method comprises the selection of species sources, domestication before pairing, setting of a breeding pond, artificial pairing, collection and hatching of turtle eggs. The method fully considers the ecological and biological characteristics of the Platysternon megacephalum, including the behavior, feeding habit, habitat, and breeding ecology. The main problems in artificial pairing and captive breeding of the Platysternon megacephalum can be effectively solved, including the breeding turtle selection, pairing, pairing stage selection, sex ratio, density, artificial food, setting of the reproduction and hatching environments, the occurrence of disabilities and fatal events during the pairing and mating process is significantly reduced; the egg laying rate of female turtles and the hatching rate of turtle eggs are both significantly improved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2014
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: Guangdong Entomological Institute
    Inventors: Shiping Gong, Yan Ge, Xiangjing Zhong
  • Publication number: 20140137806
    Abstract: Aquaculture feeds include a combination of proteinaceous vegetable material and proteinaceous fish material. The vegetable and fish materials are combined with additives such as alcohol and reducing agents and heated at elevated temperatures to release oil and nutrients from the fish material. At least a portion of the oil is absorbed into the proteinaceous vegetable material to form a proteinaceous product from the mixture. Alcohol is removed from the mixture to form the aquaculture feed with enhanced protein digestibility and solubility. The aquaculture feed may include up to about 50 percent proteinaceous vegetable material and up to about 50 percent proteinaceous fish material. Aquaculture species ingesting diets of the aquaculture feed experience improvements in weight gain, protein conversion efficiency, and feed efficiency compared to aquaculture species ingesting diets of fishmeal alone or soy flake produced according to traditional methods.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Applicant: Purina Animal Nutrition LLC
    Inventors: Bill L. Miller, Elizabeth Allison Koutsos
  • Patent number: 8720376
    Abstract: A coral cultivation method includes: an electrodeposited-mineral precipitating procedure for precipitating electrodeposited minerals on a coral-growth substrate for growing coral, which is placed in seawater, by applying an electric current between the coral-growth substrate and a first anode that is electrically connected to the coral-growth substrate and placed in the seawater; a coral-larvae growing procedure for growing coral larvae on the coral-growth substrate precipitated with the electrodeposited minerals; a coral-cultivation-structure configuring procedure for configuring a coral cultivation structure from a plurality of the coral-growth substrates on which the coral larvae are grown; and a coral cultivating procedure for cultivating coral by applying an electric current between the coral-growth substrate on which the coral larvae are grown and a second anode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignees: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Bridge & Steel Structures Engineering Co., Ltd., The Nippon Corrosion Engineering Co., Ltd., The University Of Tokyo
    Inventors: Kazuyoshi Kihara, Oki Goto, Yasufumi Kondou, Yukio Koibuchi, Makoto Omori
  • Publication number: 20140047767
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an aquaponics system and method. There is provided an aquaponics system including a tank (10) for housing at least one aquatic animal species; a plant growing apparatus (18) for housing one or more plant species growing in an aqueous environment; and a biofilter module including a solids removal means (12) and a biological waste digestion unit (14) including a biological species for digesting solids to produce plant nutrients. Plant nutrients are transferred to the plant growing apparatus (18) and at least a portion of the water is returned to the tank (10).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2013
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Applicant: Urban Ecological Systems Ltd.
    Inventors: Andrew Bodlovich, Kevin Gleeson
  • Patent number: 8651057
    Abstract: A movement monitoring device to monitor and record movement of animals through an aquatic animal passage system, regardless of water turbidity. A housing connected to the aquatic animal passage system has an entrance to receive an animal and an exit for the animal to leave the housing. A ramp within the housing has a lower end and an upper end, and the lower end is positioned at the entrance. A platform within the housing has one end connected to the upper end of the ramp and the other end positioned at the exit. The platform is elevated so that water from the aquatic animal passage system flows underneath the platform, and the animal climbs up the ramp, out of the water, and onto the platform. A photographic system focused on the platform records an image of the animal on the platform out the water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: The United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of the Interior
    Inventor: Stuart A. Welsh
  • Publication number: 20140041596
    Abstract: An elongate rectangular cultivation box having an open top, is configured so as to allow an outer tank, which serves as a cultivating water storage part, and an inner tank, which serves as a receptacle for bivalves (benthic organisms) S that are to be cultivated, to be both combined and separated. A gap that serves as a water supply opening and a gap that serves as a space in which sediments can accumulate on the bottom of the outer tank are defined when the inner tank is accommodated in the outer tank. Water passage holes are provided in the bottom of the shellfish receptacle (inner tank) and a mesh filter such as netting is stretched across the top face of the bottom. The cultivation boxes are arranged in a vertically stacked manner, with the front portions and rear portions thereof staggered so that cultivation water W that overflows over a front ledge of a shellfish receptacle flows downward into the supply water storage part of a lower cultivation box.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2012
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Inventor: Yoshihiro Fujiyoshi
  • Publication number: 20140020283
    Abstract: This invention relates to the use of a tunicate or an extract obtained from a tunicate for the production of one or more biofuel selected from an alcohol and biodiesel. The invention also relates to a method for producing a biofuel from a tunicate wherein the biofuel is selected from an alcohol and biodiesel and wherein said method comprises the steps of: (a)(i) subjecting said tunicate or one or more polysaccharides extracted from said tunicate to enzymatic or acid hydrolysis to form a hydrolysate containing one or more monosaccharides and (ii) fermenting said one or more monosaccharides to form an alcohol; or (b)(i) extracting lipids/fatty acids from said tunicate and (ii) converting said lipids/fatty acids into biodiesel by transesterification or alcoholysis or (iii) subjecting said tunicate to transesterification or alcoholysis thereby converting lipids/fatty acids present in said tunicate into biodiesel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2011
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Applicant: Bergen Teknologioverforing AS
    Inventor: Willy Dalheim
  • Patent number: 8622024
    Abstract: In a sea cucumber cultivator, sea cucumber cultivation baskets are arranged in multiple layers within a housing to protect the sea cucumbers from the external environment, to enable mass production and easy management of sea cucumbers. An inlet pipe and an outlet pipe are arranged to adjust the inflow and outflow of seawater to and from the housing. Each hose outlet is formed at a center region of a lower surface of a bottom of each sea cucumber cultivation basket in each layer so as to supply food for sea cucumbers to the cultivating spaces formed in the cucumber cultivation baskets arranged in multiple layers. Thus, food is discharged through the hose outlets and settles in the baskets to feed sea cucumbers and to enable sea cucumbers to easily intake food.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Inventors: Hak Lim Kim, Soo Chul Kim, Byung Yeob Kim
  • Publication number: 20130296431
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the use of guanidinoacetic acid and/or salts thereof as feed additive, in predominantly vegetarian diets, in particular use being made of salts with hydrochloric acid, hydrobromic acid and phosphoric acid. The use proceeds especially in individual doses from 0.01 to 100 g/kg of feed in the form of powders, granules, pastilles or capsules, the feed additive also being able to be used in combination with other physiologically active materials of value. The claimed use which is suitable especially for breeding and growing livestock, has recourse to a compound which is in particular stable in aqueous solution, can be converted to creatine under physiological conditions, and, in contrast to other guanidine derivatives, is completely available to physiological sectors of use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2013
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Inventors: Thomas Gastner, Hans-Peter Krimmer
  • Publication number: 20130255585
    Abstract: An aquaculture system includes a plurality of containment chambers for containing aquatic organisms, and a continuous linkage mechanism for coupling with each of the chambers, respectively. The continuous linkage mechanism is configured to move each of the chambers, respectively, about a cyclical path within a body of water. In this regard, a depth of the body of water is efficiently utilized, operational footprint is reduced, exposure to light and other nutrients is controlled, and harvesting of diverse species and/or periodic harvesting of species using planned maturation cycles becomes possible.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Inventor: Steve HAMMAN
  • Publication number: 20130216705
    Abstract: A multipurpose pipetting device may include a pump, a flexible hose, at least one substantially rigid tube, a removable pipette tip, and a valve element. The hose has a first end coupled to the pump and a second end coupled to a first end of the at least one substantially rigid tube. The pipette tip is removably coupled to the second end of the at least one substantially rigid tube. The valve element may be disposed proximate the second end of the at least one substantially rigid tube and arranged to prevent liquid backflow from the pipette tip into the substantially rigid pipe. Methods of using the device include feeding or applying a solution to an aquatic plant or animal, to a non-aquatic plant or animal, removing materials and substances from an aquarium bed, and/or applying an adhesive to affix an item, plant, or sessile invertebrate to a surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 16, 2012
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Inventor: JULIAN SPRUNG
  • Publication number: 20130192531
    Abstract: A device for habitat development of marine fauna in an underwater region of an offshore structure having foundations laid in a bed of a body of water includes climbing aids disposed on the offshore structure in the underwater region and at the bed of the body of water. The climbing aids include guide profiles configured to allow vagile hard floor animals to climb the offshore structure that are disposed on the offshore structure, in sections or continuously, in at least one of a vertical, horizontal and diagonal direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2011
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Applicant: Stiftung Alfred-Wegner-Institut Fuer Polar-Und Meeresforschung
    Inventors: Roland Krone, Philipp Kraemer, Alexander Schroeder
  • Publication number: 20130180461
    Abstract: A farming device for benthic organisms, which is submerged in a water tank or a body of water, is constituted of a plurality of tray-form containers, which are the cultivating floor for benthic organisms such as bivalves, and are stacked in the vertical direction, with a central cavity passing through the stacked cultivating floors in the vertical direction and horizontal gaps defined between the cultivating floors, the cultivating floors communicating with the cavity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2011
    Publication date: July 18, 2013
    Inventor: Yoshihiro Fujiyoshi
  • Publication number: 20130174792
    Abstract: A method for enhancing the production of aquatic organisms under cultivation, including the steps of exposing the aquatic organisms to a submerged illumination source inside water of a rearing unit; and maintaining illumination in the rearing unit for a rearing period.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Publication date: July 11, 2013
    Inventor: Juliette DELABBIO
  • Patent number: 8475714
    Abstract: According to embodiments of the invention, a selective ultraviolet disinfection method is provided. The method includes selecting operating parameters for an ultraviolet disinfection process of flowing liquid carrying first and second types of entities to affect the first type of entities while the second type of entities remains intact, illuminating the liquid with ultraviolet light according to the operating parameters and continuously adjusting the operating parameters based on real-time measurements of ultraviolet transmission and flow rate of the liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Atlantium Technologies Ltd.
    Inventors: Limor Barak, Vladimir Glukhman, Iian Wilf
  • Publication number: 20130152864
    Abstract: A lighting assembly for enhancing the growth of aquatic life in an ecosystem and method of enhancing the growth of aquatic life in such an ecosystem. The assembly includes a vessel submerged within water of the ecosystem. A substrate is disposed within and surrounded by the vessel and provides electronics to provide a conditioned current to a plurality of light emitting diodes also contained on the substrate. The light emitting diodes emit light within the water of the ecosystem that provides for growth, not only in a larger volume of the ecosystem, but in addition enhances the growth of the aquatic life.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2012
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Inventor: Once Innovations, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20130118413
    Abstract: An artificial marine habitat having a vertically-disposed structure incorporating a plurality of deep, open, radially-disposed cells arranged in multiple tiers, the structure can be made monolithic by molding a suitable material over a plurality of radially-arranged molds or assembled from pre-molded, modular elements in stacked arrangement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2009
    Publication date: May 16, 2013
    Inventor: Samuel Bennett
  • Publication number: 20130098303
    Abstract: A system and method of sustainable aquaponics that vertically integrates unique aquaponic system designs with alternative aquaculture fish feed sources, fingerling production methods, alternative aquaculture/farmed fish grow out models, and green energy sources that yield organic produce in the form of fruits and vegetables. A raceway system serves for grow-out throughout the warm and cold months. During the summer months, fish can be spawned and fed for steady growth, while during the winter months, the fish continue to grow at slower quite acceptable growth rates. The present invention derives its water from an open, natural, established pond or lake ecosystem to ensure that the raceways are adequately seeded with all of nature's good and bad bacteria and algae. The present invention can include winter quarters for the fish that is well-insulated and heated to ensure that the fish are comfortable and will continue growing and spawning throughout winter months.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2011
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Inventor: Trent Jones
  • Patent number: 8413609
    Abstract: A device for colonizing and harvesting marine hardground animals in an underwater region of a ground-based offshore edifice includes at least one rail device configured to extend vertically on the offshore edifice along a height of the underwater region to above a waterline. The device also includes a netting array including a habitat carriage having a habitat and trapping basket that is adapted to contain the hardground animals. A lifting device is configured to move the netting array along the at least one rail device. Additionally, the device includes a scavenging carriage including a basic unit and a running unit that is configured to detachably couple the scavenging carriage with the at least one rail device so as to be movable thereon. The scavenging carriage is configured to detachably couple with the habitat carriage and the lifting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Stiftung Alfred-Wegener-Institut fuer Polar-und Meeresporschung
    Inventors: Roland Krone, Philipp Kraemer
  • Publication number: 20130055960
    Abstract: An integrated multi-trophic aquaculture system (multico) for a primary species, preferably a carnivorous marine species with high market value, secondary, preferably an omnivorous species of medium market value and tertiary species, preferably a detrivorous species with high market value, combined with an unfolding system for the primary species to an open semi-intensive or extensive system, the multico system for the primary species is an intensive closed or semi-closed system. The secondary species is stocked in an intensive closed or semi-closed system, while the tertiary species is stocked in a semi-intensive or closed extensive or semi-closed system. The multico system of the primary species is in communication with the system of the secondary species, while the system of the secondary species is in communication with the system of the tertiary species.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2012
    Publication date: March 7, 2013
    Inventors: David CHIBRAS, Daniel RUSSEK, Kevin M. FITZSIMMONS, Wilfrido CONTRERAS, Shmuel APPELBAUM
  • Publication number: 20130039833
    Abstract: Provided herein are systems and methods for producing ammonia fertilizer for culturing algae and aquaculture. The integrated systems provided herein can be installed on a hydrocarbon production platform and encompasses equipment and processes for generating electricity, preparation of an aqueous electrolyte, hydrogen generation by electrolysis, catalysis of ammonia formation, collection of ammonia, and optionally a nitrogen generator, and a plurality of subsystems for algae culture, and aquaculture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2010
    Publication date: February 14, 2013
    Applicant: LiveFuels, Inc.
    Inventor: Luca Constantino Zullo
  • Publication number: 20130008384
    Abstract: An animal feed mixture containing DL-methionyl-DL-methionine and salts thereof for animals kept in aquacultures is provided. Methods for preparing DL-methionyl-DL-methionine of formula (I) and methods to fractionate the diasteriomeric forms obtained are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Publication date: January 10, 2013
    Applicant: Evonik Degussa GmbH
    Inventors: Christoph KOBLER, Thomas Haeussner, Christoph Weckbecker
  • Publication number: 20120312243
    Abstract: A system and method are disclosed for determining the concentration of zooplankton in a continuous zooplankton culture system. The system may include a transmissiometer, a sample tube, a first sample containing water and microalgae, and a second sample containing water, microalgae, and zooplankton. The concentration of zooplankton in the system may be calculated by comparing the transmissiometer output from the first sample and the second sample, wherein each of said outputs are obtained by moving each sample into the sample tube such that the transmissionmeter is positioned to take a reading across the tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2011
    Publication date: December 13, 2012
    Applicant: Board of Supervisors of Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College
    Inventor: Kelly A. Rusch
  • Publication number: 20120291713
    Abstract: A fish recompression tool comprises an elongate body having and internal airtight chamber, an attachment member, a locking member, a piston, and a spring within the airtight chamber that engages the piston. The attachment member may switch between open and closed configurations, such that a fish is attached to the device in the closed configuration. The attachment member configuration is controlled by the locking member, such that a locked configuration corresponds to a closed configuration. The attachment member switches to the open configuration when the piston moves in response to reaching a water depth that results in the external pressure surrounding the airtight chamber being sufficiently greater than the internal pressure within the airtight chamber and the spring force on the piston. In preferred embodiments, a plug attaches to an open ended elongate body and may be moved to set different unlocking requirements (i.e. different release depths).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2012
    Publication date: November 22, 2012
    Inventor: Bill D. Brown
  • Publication number: 20120284165
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are methods and systems for removing carbon dioxide (CO2) from water and quantifying the carbon so removed, thus facilitating valuation of that carbon for schemes (e.g., Kyoto agreement) that attach financial rewards for capture, sequestration or removal of carbon or CO2.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2012
    Publication date: November 8, 2012
    Applicant: LiveFuels, Inc.
    Inventors: Gaye Elizabeth Morgenthaler, David Vancott Jones
  • Publication number: 20120247395
    Abstract: The present invention provides a device for immobilizing aquatic animals, the device comprising a receptacle for holding an aquatic animal in a volume of water, an opening in the receptacle for placement and removal of the aquatic animal, a restraint positioned inside the receptacle for restraining the aquatic animal, and a tube attached to the receptacle for supplying air or aerated water to the receptacle. The present invention further provides methods of immobilizing and imaging live aquatic animals using the device of the present invention.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2010
    Publication date: October 4, 2012
    Inventors: Wade Koba, Eugene J. Fine
  • Publication number: 20120204802
    Abstract: A method of sustainably producing an aquaculture meat product by feeding a fish over its dietary cycles a sustainably produced aquaculture feed composition is disclosed. This method comprises: a) formulating an aquaculture feed composition by replacing all or part of fish oil in the composition with an alternate source(s) of eicosapentaenoic acid (“EPA”) and, optionally, docosahexaenoic acid (“DHA”), wherein the EPA:DHA ratio is at least 2:1 in the aquaculture feed composition; and, b) adjusting the aquaculture feed composition over the life cycle of the fish to produce an aquaculture meat product; wherein the Feeder Fish Efficiency Ratio for fish oil is equal to or less than two and the aquaculture meat product has a EPA:DHA ratio equal to or greater than 1.4:1.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2011
    Publication date: August 16, 2012
    Inventors: Scott E. Nichols, Gonzalo Javier Quesada
  • Publication number: 20120207912
    Abstract: Aquaculture meat products having a ratio of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids of eicosapentaenoic acid [“EPA”; cis-5, 8, 11, 14, 17-eicosapentaenoic acid; 20:5], to docosahexaenoic acid [“DHA”; cis-4, 7, 10, 13, 16, 19-docosahexaenoic acid; 22:6], equal to or greater than 1.4:1 based on the individual concentrations of each as a percent of the total fatty acids in the aquaculture meat product are disclosed. Furthermore, such aquaculture meat products may have a concentration of the sum of EPA and DHA that is at least about 0.5%, measured as a weight percent of the aquaculture meat product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2011
    Publication date: August 16, 2012
    Inventors: Scott E. Nichols, J. Martin Odom