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Buoy Gets a Name

By Jody Record, Campus Journal Editor
August 8, 2007

The big buoy finally has a name.

A contest launched earlier this year by UNH’s Atlantic Marine Aquaculture Center to name its 80-ton fish feeding buoy has chosen the new moniker: AquaManna.

The winning entry was submitted by Peg Boyles, a writer with UNH Cooperative Extension.

“The word manna has a lot of resonance. Of course, we know it from its biblical context as the miracle food said to sustain the Israelites during their Exodus from Egypt. Paired with aqua, it plays on the name of the aquatic superhero Aquaman, who can breathe underwater, swim at high speeds, perform tremendous feats of strength and endurance, survive the tremendous pressures of the ocean depths, and communicate telepathically with all the creatures of the sea,” Boyles said.

AquaManna, previously referred to as SBIR for Small Business Innovation Research, holds 20 tons of food. Shaped like a huge pill box, it has four internal silos making it possible to feed four different species at a time.

The new feeder was designed at UNH and built in Canada. Its permanent home will be at UNH’s offshore fish farm located near the Isles of Shoals’ White Island. The remote controlled buoy eliminates feeding problems caused by storms and frigid temperatures.

“What a thrill to have come up with the winning name. And what a prize--a trip on the UNH research vessel this fall and a few pounds of fresh cod from the farm,” Boyles said.

More than 50 entries were submitted. Some of the other suggestions include Fat Buoy, Buoy-O-Buoy, Jonah, Moby Dick, Big Bertha and Seymour.

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