NOAA has developed a flexible antenna system for collecting data form PIT-tagged fish. The system is flexible, scalable, easy to deploy, and can be used in both fixed and towed applications. Prior generation rigid PVC antennas were expensive and time consuming to construct, difficult to deploy, and often cracked under the constant stress of river flow. Stronger high density plastic materials are available (HDPE) but are heavy and even more expensive to construct than PVC. They also have similar size and weight constraints for deployment. Our flexible antennas are much easier to build, transport, and install than the rigid antennas they replaced and cost approximately 70% less. They are also much more adaptable and have been used in both stationary and mobile applications.
NOAA is seeking a manufacturing and distribution partner for this technology. Please contact TPO Staff for more information.