Marine Mammals

Turtle Excluder Device shown shipboard.

Clean Harvest Cable Grid

The NOAA patented Clean Harvest Cable Grid (US Patent 10,966,415 B2) allows marine mammals, including sea turtles and other large marine animals, to escape from large fish trawls with minimal impact to normal fishing operations or target catch retention. The Type I (TI) shown above was designed to work in high profile fish trawls. NOAA has patented this technology and is making it available under an Open Source license to ensure designs are compliant and do not harm sea turtles or other marine mammals. For more information, please contact Nick Hopkins at NOAA’s Southeast Fisheries Science Center.

SeaTag on large fish in ocean

SeaTag™ Marine Mammals Tracking System

SeaTag™ addresses the limitations of previous products by offering customers low-cost, reusable, and solar based (providing unlimited charge) satellite tags. The full suite of available SeaTags™ have varying sensors, but each is equipped with: An accelerometer (measures activity of animal) Light sensors (allows for longitudinal locating via amount of daylight) Magnetic sensor (allows for latitudinal locating) Temperature sensor Depth sensors The tag can communicate globally with product users through the use of the Argos satellite constellation. After a programmed amount of time, the sensor detaches from the animal subject and floats to the surface, where it can be collected and reused. Federal Procurement Information The right to receive sole-source awards is a real benefit of the SBIR Program both to the government and to the participating companies. The SBA SBIR/STTR Policy Directive dictates the justification that an agency can and must use to justify the sole-source award. Predictably, that justification reads that the new award must derive from, extend, or complete prior SBIR effort and be funded with non- SBIR funds. More Information: page/electronic-tags/