Fish Culturing Patents (Class 119/215)
  • Patent number: 11602133
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method, a system and an apparatus for treating food items. Such method and device may, for instance, be used to cool down food items, bleed freshly slaughtered fish and treat live fish against parasites. The device and method of the present invention further uses temperature differences and agitation to tread food items. A method for reducing or eliminating sea lice from salmon fish, said method comprising: a) transporting the salmon fish from a reservoir and the feeding salmon fish in liquid into the tubing of a first pumping device, said liquid being at a temperature from +15 to +28° C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2023
    Assignee: LAMBHUSASUND EHF.
    Inventor: Ingolfur Arnason
  • Patent number: 11459066
    Abstract: Mooring systems and methods are provided. One system may include at least one object partially or fully submerged in a body of water. The system may also include a semi-rigid outer ring that is adrift or moored to at least one sea anchor or to the sea floor by at least one mooring line. At least one object may be connected or tethered by bridle lines to the semi-rigid outer ring to form an array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: Forever Oceans Corporation
    Inventors: Neil Anthony Sims, Jason Heckathorn, Gavin Key
  • Patent number: 11350613
    Abstract: A problem to be solved by the present invention is to prevent an aquatic creature from jumping out of a water tank without directly contacting the aquatic creature; and a jump-out prevention device for the aquatic creature, which can solve or reduce the problem, is provided. The jump-out prevention device for the aquatic creature includes electrode parts arranged along an inner perimeter of a water tank for keeping the aquatic creature; and a power supply part electrically connected to the electrode parts, and configured to apply electrical pulses to the electrode parts. The electrode parts extend in a horizontal direction partially or entirely over the inner perimeter of the water tank, and are arranged in a predetermined underwater region in the water tank. The electrical pulses are applied to the electrode parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Inventor: Yosuke Furusawa
  • Patent number: 11297809
    Abstract: Selected freshwater or saltwater aquaculture systems are processed for the automatic removal of waste, ammonia, and pathogens while controlling temperature, oxygen, and feed amounts for obtaining maximum growth and survival at maximum aquatic species densities. A core platform treatment technology removes ammonia by combining chlorine with the ammonia to form chloramines, which are removed by catalytic activated carbon at a downstream filter station. Processing also removes potential pathogens by sterilizing and electrifying the water. The technology utilizes ammonia, chlorine, oxidation-reduction potential (ORP), and flow sensors to electronically adjust the amount of chlorine needed to remove the existing ammonia. A control system utilizes temperature, dissolved oxygen, and image processing sensors to optimize heating, cooling, feeding, and aeration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: NATURAL SHRIMP INC.
    Inventors: F. William Gilmore, Thomas C. Untermeyer
  • Patent number: 11278004
    Abstract: Animal transmitters are provided that can include: a transducer configured to transmit a signal; process circuitry coupled to the transducer; and an energy harvesting element coupled to the process circuitry. Animals having a transmitter coupled thereto are also provided with the transmitter including an energy harvesting element in operational alignment with the animal's musculoskeletal system. Methods for transmitting the location of an animal are also provided with the methods including: coupling a transmitter powered by an energy harvesting element to the animal; and monitoring the transmissions of the transmitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: Battelle Memorial Institute
    Inventors: Z. Daniel Deng, Huidong Li, Chuan Tian, Jun Lu, Mitchell J. Myjak, Jayson J. Martinez, Jie Xiao, Yuxing Wang, Qiuyan Li
  • Patent number: 10925262
    Abstract: An illumination system and method configured for mitigating a growth dip and as a consequence enhancing the growth of aquatic animals in a volume of water is disclosed. The illumination system comprises at least one light source (110) comprising at least one light emitting diode arranged to emit light to the volume of water and at least one light driver (120) arranged to drive the at least one light source. The illumination system also comprises a controller (140) that is adapted to provide control signals to the light driver to increase a light intensity level of the light emitted from the at least one light source from a first light intensity level (II) to a second light intensity level (12) over a time period (T) of at least one day to two weeks, preferably at least two days to two weeks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: SIGNIFY HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Cristina Tanase, Rainier Franciscus Xaverius Alphonsus Marie Mols
  • Patent number: 10849317
    Abstract: A method, and device for removing sea lice from salmon with use of a salmon herding passage tube, with ultrasound transducers on the periphery thereof, in a number sufficient to provide ultrasound treatment of the salmon being herded therethrough at a normal herding rate and at a sufficiently high enough frequency to kill the sea lice. Salmon are herded therethrough, with the application of ultrasound from the ultrasonic. The method and device also include removal of the lice from a salmon cage or enclosure with feeding fish into an enclosure having ultrasound transducers situated on the inner periphery thereof and providing an attraction such as a white light which attracts noxious parasitic aquatic organisms and applying ultrasound from the electronic transducers within the enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Inventor: Steven Alevy
  • Patent number: 10849713
    Abstract: Medical procedure related objects (e.g., instruments, supplies) tagged with transponders (e.g., RFID transponders, dumb transponders) are accounted for via an accounting system using a number of antennas and interrogators/readers. The antennas and interrogators/readers are included on a cannula of the trocar so the tagged medical procedure related objects passing through the cannula are detected. A first set of antennas and RFID interrogator(s) interrogate a first portion of the cannula, such as proximate a proximal end at which the medical procedure related objects are introduced to the cannula. A second set of antennas and RFID interrogator(s) interrogate a second portion of the cannula, such as proximate a distal end at which objects exit the cannula for use in a medical procedure. A data store may maintain information including a current status or count of each supply, for instance, as entering or exiting the cannula.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Allan Aquino, Kim Brandt, Andy Buersmeyer
  • Patent number: 10843207
    Abstract: A fish delousing installation includes a warm water source, and a fish slide for fish to slide down. The fish slide has a fish inlet, a fish outlet, and a slide length defined therebetween. A plurality of shower nozzles are in communication with the warm water source and are positioned to shower the fish with warm water as the fish slide from the fish inlet to the fish outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: COOKE AQUACULTURE INC.
    Inventor: Joel Halse
  • Patent number: 10607049
    Abstract: Methods and systems for verifying compatibility of components of an electronic system are disclosed. The method includes irradiating a first and second components presumably associated with the electronic system, with XRF exciting radiation, and in response thereto, detecting one or more XRF response signals indicative of first and second XRF signatures, emitted from the first and second components. Then the first and second XRF signatures are processed to determine whether they are associated with respectively a first and second XRF marking compositions on the first and second components, and the compatibility of the first and second components to the electronic system is determined/verified based on the correspondence between the first and a second XRF signatures. Electronic systems are also disclosed including at least a first and a second electronic components respectively having the first and second XRF marking compositions that enable verification of compatibility of the components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignees: SOREQ NUCLEAR RESEARCH CENTER, SECURITY MATTERS LTD.
    Inventors: Yair Grof, Tzemah Kislev, Nadav Yoran, Haggai Alon
  • Patent number: 10357328
    Abstract: A marking device according to one embodiment of the invention comprises a handle, a cannula having a cannula distal end and slidably mounted to the handle, and a stylet having a stylet distal end and slidably mounted to the handle in the cannula. The stylet distal end is spaced proximally of the cannula distal end to form a marker recess that receives an imaging marker. The marking device further comprises an actuator operably coupled to the cannula to effect retraction of the cannula into the handle following implantation of the imaging marker. The imaging marker can be implanted by advancing the stylet relative to the cannula to eject the imaging marker from the marker recess, or the cannula can be retracted relative to the stylet to expose the imaging marker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Bard Peripheral Vascular, Inc. and Bard Shannon Limited
    Inventors: Steven E. Field, Ryan L. Goosen, Richard E. Davis, Richard M. Chesbrough
  • Patent number: 10051843
    Abstract: An assembly designed to encourage fish to enter a Coanda effect fish pumping system to allow delousing through the pump. The process quickly decelerates the fish in a water tank to their original speed of between 1.5 to 3 feet/second depending on pumping lift for a 10 inch diameter SILKSTREAM™ pump. As the fish guiding tube enters the tank, it is surrounded by a smooth diverging cone slowing the water speed to the original fish speed. The fish are then guided by the tubular assembly away from the water and lice into a second SILKSTREAM™ intake. The current changes within the SILKSTREAM™ Coanda effect pump provide delousing of the fish by orientating the fish in a forward direction as the fish pass through the pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Inventor: Peter B. Lindgren
  • Patent number: 9986736
    Abstract: Herbicide compositions and methods of controlling growth of plants of the Buckthorn family (e.g. Rhamnaceae) are described herein. The herbicide compositions comprise a herbicidally effective amount of N-hydroxy-1,4-naphthalenedione or an agriculturally acceptable salt thereof, wherein N is in the range of 2-5.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Inventor: Timothy St. Germain
  • Patent number: 9820474
    Abstract: The inventive subject matter describes an electrical barrier for the deterrence of fish having an electrical barrier with a computer system capable of executing a modified soft-start algorithm, the computer system further having a detector input and a switch output; a bio-electric fish proximity detector, the bio-electric fish proximity detector having a anode-cathode detecting pair input and a signal output, wherein said signal output is connected to the detector input; a time varying voltage source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: SMITH-ROOT, INC.
    Inventors: Carl Burger, Jeffery Smith
  • Patent number: 9788496
    Abstract: A system, method, and computer program product for an aquaponics, and greenhouse system, including a solar greenhouse insulated on north, east and west sides and with glazing on a south side at an angle to maximize winter sunlight, and housing: a fish tank; grow beds coupled to the fish tank; and hydroponic tanks respectively coupled to the grow beds. The grow beds are coupled to a fish tank geyser pump internal to the fish tank, and a hydroponic tank geyser pump internal to a respective one of the hydroponic tanks. The fish tank and hydroponic tank geyser pumps are powered by an external air pump via an air selector switch to pump and aerate water from the hydroponic tank to the grow bed and to pump water from the fish tank to the grow bed and aerate water of the fish tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Inventor: Carlos R. Villamar
  • Patent number: 9585315
    Abstract: A system, method, and computer program product for an aquaponics, and greenhouse system, including a solar greenhouse insulated on north, east and west sides and with glazing on a south side at an angle to maximize winter sunlight, and housing a fish tank; and a plurality of grow beds coupled to the fish tank. The grow beds each including a geyzer pump powered by an air pump to pump water from the fish tank to the grow bed and aerate water of the fish tank, and a bell siphon to drain the water from the grow bed back into the fish tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Inventor: Carlos R. Villamar
  • Patent number: 9529083
    Abstract: A laser scanner that determines three-dimensional points in an environment further includes a spectrometer for determining the wavelength spectrum of chemical substances in the environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: FARO TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Robert E. Bridges, Reinhard Becker
  • Patent number: 9232702
    Abstract: High-production, minimal-discharge aquaponic systems and methods. The aquaponic systems separate waste water generated from fish tanks into two flow streams. In the first flow stream, suspended-waste water generated from the waste water is converted to nutrient-rich water and used for hydroponic plant growth. Nutrient-depleted water resulting from the hydroponic plant growth is fed back into fish tanks to continue the cycle. In the second flow stream, settleable solids generated from the waste water is converted to nutrient-rich sludge and used for solid or semi-solid substrate-based plant growth. Excess nutrient-rich water derived from the second flow stream is fed back into the first flow stream, thereby conserving water and nutrients within the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: Nelson and Pade, Inc.
    Inventors: Rebecca L. Nelson, John S. Pade
  • Patent number: 9097806
    Abstract: A preamplifier is provided for correction of overshoot or undershoot effects present in a signal received from a charged particle detection electrode. The preamplifier is ground-isolated from the charged particle detection electrode and comprises: a main amplification stage, configured to receive and amplify the isolated signal; a feed-forward stage, configured to generate a compensation signal from the amplified ground-isolated signal, the compensation signal being generated to mirror the overshoot or undershoot effects; and an output, arranged to provide an output signal that is a combination of the amplified ground-isolated signal and the compensation signal. A charged particle detection arrangement comprising the preamplifier is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: Thermo Fisher Scientific (Bremen) GmbH
    Inventor: Richard Heming
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8919744
    Abstract: The aquaculture pond aeration system is essentially comprised of a “u” shaped conduit that extends below the pond bottom. A sparger assembly is positioned below the pond bottom in the outlet side of the conduit. The sparger emits air into the outlet side of the conduit thereby aerating the water and causing a hydrostatic pressure imbalance between the inlet side and the outlet side of the conduit. The pressure imbalance causes the pond water to circulate through the conduit and thereby aerate the aquaculture pond.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of Agriculture
    Inventors: Travis W. Brown, Eugene L. Torrans
  • Publication number: 20140261212
    Abstract: Provided herein are methods of sterilizing fish by contacting an embryonic or juvenile fish with a compound of formula (I). In some embodiments, the compound is primordazine or a derivative thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: THE GENERAL HOSPITAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Randall T. PETERSON, Peter J. SCHLUETER
  • Patent number: 8833306
    Abstract: The present invention is related to the use of variants of the Pituitary Adenylate Cyclase-Activating Polypeptide (PACAP) to stimulate the growth and to improve the immunological system of aquatic organisms. The variants of the peptide were provided by immersion, injection or as a food additive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Centro de Ingenieria Genetica Y Biotecnologia
    Inventors: Juana Maria Lugo González, Mario Pablo Estrada Garcia, Alina Rodriguez Mallon, Yamila Carpio González, Antonio Morales Rojas, Osmany Rodrigo González De Sosa, Reynold Morales Fernández, Fidel Francisco Herrera Miyares
  • Patent number: 8820266
    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: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Maricultura Vigas S.A.P.I. de C.V.
    Inventors: David Chibras, Daniel Russek, Kevin M Fitzsimmons, Wilfrido Contreras, Shmuel Appelbaum
  • Patent number: 8739736
    Abstract: A portable fish anesthetizing system is also described having a tank cover, an electrode pair with the electrode pair configurable attached to the tank cover; a control system for creating a potential difference, the control system electrically connected to the electrode pair, so that when the tank cover is placed on a laboratory tank and the control system is activated, current flows from the control system through the electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Smith-Root, Inc.
    Inventor: Farland Michael Holliman
  • Patent number: 8683954
    Abstract: A finfish aquaculture containment pen having a plurality of panels that when joined together form the majority of the exterior surface of the containment pen. The panels each comprise tension-bearing mesh material forming the exterior surface of the containment pen, a plurality of compression-bearing struts extending along the boundaries between panels, wherein the mesh material is attached to the struts along the lengths of the struts, and a plurality of hubs at which a plurality of struts and the corners of a plurality of panels abut each other. The panels can form a polyhedral structure. The mesh can comprise coated wire mesh. The struts can be curved members with convex curvature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Ocean Farm Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen H. Page
  • Patent number: 8683955
    Abstract: A fish pen (100) includes an elongate spar buoy (110) and a reserve buoyancy buoy (120) disposed over a top end of the spar buoy. Lower and upper rim assemblies (130, 140) are attached to the spar buoy and each other with tension members (150, 152, 154). An adjustable upper connection plate (114) on the spar buoy provides a means for tensioning the tension members. A docking station (190) and portal (185) provide easy access to the fish pen. A deployable panel system (180, 182) allows for crowding fish into a smaller portion of the pen. The panel system may be nonporous and include additional panels (184) such that a portion of the pen can be substantially isolated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: OceanSpar, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd L. Madsen, Timothy J. Gregg, Langley R. Gace
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8651058
    Abstract: A system for improved organic fishery systems for improved aquatic farming, primarily within inland production sites, primarily using a system of enclosed tanks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Casa Grande Fish Farms JV, LLC
    Inventor: Larry A. Pierce
  • Publication number: 20130323322
    Abstract: A method for producing a purified, stable, compressible gas from an aqueous fluid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2013
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Inventor: Robinson B. Gourley
  • Publication number: 20130298841
    Abstract: The present subject matter relates to a farming structure (1) for aquatic farming. The farming structure (1) comprises a plurality of longitudinal members (3) and a plurality of flexible joints (4), one at each end of each of the plurality of longitudinal members (3), coupling the plurality of longitudinal members (3) to form repeating triangular structures (5) adjacent to each other. Each end of each of the plurality of longitudinal members (3) is independently movable in a horizontal plane and a vertical plane about a corresponding flexible joint (4).
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 19, 2012
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Inventors: Nelson Vadassery, Sayash Kumar, Sowmya Lakshmi Balendiran, Sri Sailaja Nori, Shrikumar Suryanarayan
  • Patent number: 8580760
    Abstract: A pharmaceutical and a method for preventing and treating VHSV infection in fish with a VHSV-binding aptamer is provided. Also provided are a method for removing VHSV from an area of water and a method and kit for detecting VHSV with high sensitivity using a VHSV-binding aptamer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Inventors: Takashi Aoki, Ikuo Hirono
  • Patent number: 8574603
    Abstract: The invention is a method and kit for conducting a rapid toxicity test. Methods and kits according to the invention include an animal or plant species in diapause.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: The United States of America as Represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Tommy R Shedd, Mark W Widder, Eugene Hull
  • Publication number: 20130232867
    Abstract: A system for algal fostering and fishery initiating and maintaining, and for reducing greenhouse gases, comprising a plurality of pumps having hoses for drawing deep, cold, and nutrient rich water from the bottom of an ocean and pumping it to the ocean's surface, and a plurality of heat exchangers drawing the heat from the warmer waters surrounding the hoses, the plurality of heat exchangers being in heat communication with at least a portion of the hoses, for gradually warming the ascending deep, cold and nutrient rich water during its ascent through the hoses, so that it is substantially at ocean's surface water temperature at the time it arrives at ocean's surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Inventor: St.Jean Orridge
  • 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
    Applicant: ONCE INNOVATIONS, INC.
    Inventor: Once Innovations, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20130118414
    Abstract: A light emitting element for emitting at least two types of light having respective emission peak wavelengths which are different, by not less than 5 nm, from each other in the range of 400 nm to 570 nm, is provided in a fish preserve where fish is to be cultured.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2012
    Publication date: May 16, 2013
    Inventors: Satoshi KOMADA, Masaki TATSUMI
  • Patent number: 8430061
    Abstract: It is an object of the invention to provide a method and an apparatus for processing a very large number of fish eggs for gene injection and so on with a superior performance. An egg case has an egg-arranging plate and a cover plate. The fish eggs are dropped into concave portions of the egg-arranging plate, when the cover plate opens the concave portions. The cover plates closes the concave portions after fish eggs are accommodated in the concave portions. The egg case is fixed on a table of an egg-arranging apparatus. water is supplied on the egg-arranging plate in the egg plate. A scanning nozzle sprays water on upper surface of the egg-arranging plate. After closing the concave portions with the cover plate, the egg case is inclined for dropping fish eggs remaining on the cover plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Hashimoto Electronic Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yutaka Tamaru, Hideo Miyake, Masatoshi Hashimoto, Masaru Obata
  • 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: 8360327
    Abstract: A tag and a method of manufacturing a tag having an electronic device, which may be a transponder embedded in binding material, the method including applying a pre-coat of binding material to the transponder, at least partially curing the pre-coat of binding material, locating the resulting pre-coated transponder in further binding material and curing the further binding material. The method may further include applying a vacuum to the binding material and binding material, heating the binding materials and vibrating the binding materials. Apparatus for producing tags is also described and claimed. The tag has a construction which facilitates subcutaneous introduction into a target subject, such as an animal, and helps provide retention of the tag in the inserted position in the target subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Ensid Investments Ltd.
    Inventor: Ross Robert Clarke
  • Publication number: 20130008385
    Abstract: A boat holding tank for anesthetizing fish is described having a pulsator, with the pulsator having an anode output and a cathode output; a holding tank capable of receiving an aquatic animal, the holding tank further comprising an anode probe and a cathode probe, with the anode cathode probe of the holding tank switchably connected to the anode and cathode output of the pulsator, such that when the pulsator is activated the aquatic animal in the holding tank is anesthetized.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 1, 2012
    Publication date: January 10, 2013
    Inventor: Kerry Douglas Smith
  • Publication number: 20120317665
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the method and use of fluorescent proteins in making purple transgenic fluorescent fish. Also disclosed are methods of establishing a population of such transgenic fish and methods of providing them to the ornamental fish industry for the purpose of marketing. Thus, new varieties of ornamental fish of different fluorescence colors from a novel source are developed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2012
    Publication date: December 13, 2012
    Inventors: Alan Blake, Richard Crockett, Aidas Nasevicius
  • Publication number: 20120312244
    Abstract: A motorless reactor may include a base member, a tubular container, an inlet and an outlet, a pipe, and a head member. The tubular container may define a longitudinal axis extending between an upper end and a lower end, the lower end of the tubular container being coupled to the base member. The inlet and the outlet may be disposed proximate the upper end of the tubular container. The inlet may be configured to receive a pressurized flow of water from a reservoir, and the outlet may be configured to output a mixture of water and a predetermined substance. The pipe may be coupled to the inlet and may extend substantially parallel to the longitudinal axis from a first end proximate the upper end of the tubular container toward a second end proximate the base member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2011
    Publication date: December 13, 2012
    Inventor: Julian Sprung
  • Publication number: 20120210453
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the method and use of fluorescent proteins in making purple transgenic fluorescent fish. Also disclosed are methods of establishing a population of such transgenic fish and methods of providing them to the ornamental fish industry for the purpose of marketing. Thus, new varieties of ornamental fish of different fluorescence colors from a novel source are developed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2012
    Publication date: August 16, 2012
    Applicant: YORKTOWN TECHNOLOGIES, L.P.
    Inventors: Alan BLAKE, Richard CROCKETT, Aidas NASEVICIUS
  • Publication number: 20120210454
    Abstract: The present invention relates to transgenic blue ornamental fish, as well as methods of making such fish by in vitro fertilization techniques. Also disclosed are methods of establishing a population of such transgenic fish and methods of providing them to the ornamental fish industry for the purpose of marketing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2012
    Publication date: August 16, 2012
    Applicant: YORKTOWN TECHNOLOGIES, L.P.
    Inventors: Alan BLAKE, Richard CROCKETT, Aidas NASEVICIUS
  • Publication number: 20120202279
    Abstract: An onsite integrated production factory having an electrolytic plant, an ethanol plant, a vegetable plant, a culturing plant, and a power generation unit. The onsite integrated production facility is arranged so that fresh water, sulfuric acid or caustic soda produced by and received from the electrolytic plant is used in the ethanol plant to produce and output oxalic acid, sodium oxalate, fuel bioethanol. The oxalic acid or sodium oxalate produced in and received from the ethanol plant is used for removing calcium contained in the sea water in the electrolytic plant. The vegetable plant produces vegetables for generation and outputting of oxygen by receiving the carbon dioxide generated during the fermentation process in the ethanol plant and fresh water from the electrolytic plant. The culturing plant has a fishery farm or reef for using the oxygen generated in the vegetable plant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2012
    Publication date: August 9, 2012
    Applicant: M HIKARI & ENERGY LABORATORY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Masataka MURAHARA
  • Publication number: 20120167828
    Abstract: A series of underwater sails spaced apart, attach to a moving cable loop between pulleys with electric generators. The sails inflate by the force of the water current and drive the cable in the direction of the current to turn the generators to generate electricity. As the sails reach the end pulley or tail spool they deflate and are pulled back to the beginning power pulley in a continual repeated cycle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 1, 2011
    Publication date: July 5, 2012
    Inventor: J. Emile M. Gagnon
  • Publication number: 20120152176
    Abstract: A system and method for removal of phosphates from a closed loop estuarine or marine recirculating aquaculture system (RAS), involving denitrification in the presence of a media substrate for: 1) anaerobic nitrate, nitrite and ammonia removal and 2) sequestering of excess phosphate in the RAS. Phosphate is precipitated in or on the denitrifying biofilm formed on the media substrate as phosphate salts. The phosphate salt-containing media substrate can be removed from the RAS, the phosphates can be removed, and both the substrate and the phosphates can be reused or recycled.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2010
    Publication date: June 21, 2012
    Applicant: UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND BALTIMORE COUNTY
    Inventors: Kevin R. Sowers, Keiko Saito, Harold J. Schreier
  • Patent number: 8171886
    Abstract: A fish cultivation net 3 has a rhombically netted form made by arranging a large number of waved wires 6 in parallel such that the adjacent wires are entwined with each other at their curved portions 6a. The wires 6 has a composition containing 62 to 91 mass % of Cu, 0.01 to 4 mass % of Sn, and the balance being Zn. The Cu content [Cu] and the Sn content [Sn] in terms of mass % satisfy the relationship 62?[Cu]?0.5[Sn]?90. The copper alloy material has a phase structure including an ? phase, a ? phase, and a ? phase and the total area ratio of these phases is 95 to 100%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Shindoh Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Keiichiro Oishi
  • Patent number: 8156897
    Abstract: An “implant and forget” device for interacting with biota after a pre-established time period. Preferably, the biota are fauna and more particularly fish. In select embodiments, the device comprises packaging enclosing an apparatus for timing interaction via opening the packaging. In select embodiments of the present invention, the device is a sealed capsule inserted in fish. Embodiments of the present invention are implanted in triploid grass carp (Ctenopharyngodon idella) to facilitate control of aquatic weeds in bodies of water. When the carp have been in the water for a pre-established approximate period of time, toxins in the device are dispensed via long term bioerosion of the sealed opening in the packaging. Otherwise, the carp may destroy all vegetation and harm the aquatic environment for other aquatic life. Several alternative bioerodible seal configurations are provided as embodiments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: James A. Evans, Leandro E. Miranda, James P. Kirk
  • Patent number: 8117992
    Abstract: A system related to inland farming of seafood products within an environmentally-controlled seafood-farming environment. The seafood-farming environment is preferably established within at least one substantially buried space. The associated apparatus preferably comprises at least one nutrient supplier to supply adequate nutrients to at least one aqueous medium supporting the farming of the seafood, and at least one waste remover to remove unwanted waste from the aqueous medium. Surface crops are grown above and around the seafood-farming environment to maximize production within the farming site. A kit and methods of implementation are also discussed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: Aqua Culture Joint Venture
    Inventors: Neal S. Parsons, Steven De Wayne Wooten, Louis J. Raj, Jr.