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Biofouling poses a continuing challenge to aquaculture producers in British Columbia. Existing management techniques, such as copper based anti-fouling dips, pose potential environmental and fish health concerns, are of limited effectiveness, and may reduce net durability. Shorelink Enterprises has addressed these concerns with the development of an innovative, modular anti-fouling technology. The Aquamax Net Manager is a transportable net cleaning system that is moved by vessel or barge from aquaculture site to aquaculture site as on-site nets require cleaning. It can be moved over land via its own customized transport trailer or partially disassembled for easy placement in shipping containers for long distance travel. On-site testing of the Net Manager has demonstrated efficient, effective net cleaning capability. In addition to its environmental benefits, this new technology offers cost saving potential through reductions in the need for existing anti-fouling agents, net inspections conducted by divers, and traditional net cleaning, and through increases in net longevity. One recent testimonial from Bruce Morton of Sablefish Canada indicated that the company reduced its net cleaning cost by 50% in 2010. The Aquamax Net Manager is available for use by other aquaculture producers interested in enhancing their environmental protection efforts.

Project Lead: Shorelink Enterprises Ltd.

Total Project Cost: $760,360
DFO-AIMAP Contribution: $350,000

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