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Oh Buoy! Name Contest Continues

By Jody Record, Campus Journal Editor
June 6, 2007

There’s still a chance to win a trip out to the Atlantic Marine Aquaculture Center fish farm near White Island for the person who comes up with a name for the center’s new feeding buoy.

Unofficially known as the SBIR (for Small Business Innovation Research) feeder, the pillbox-shaped, 80-ton fish feeding apparatus was designed at UNH and will undergo field testing at UNH’s offshore aquaculture demonstration site, just south of the Isles of Shoals.

The automated buoy has four internal silos and holds 20 tons of food. Remotely controlled, the amount of food dispensed and the feeding times will be regulated from campus.

More than 50 people have submitted entries in the contest. Here’s a sample of names suggested so far:

Fat Buoy




Debit Cod


Moby Dick

Big Bertha

Big BENS (for Buoy Engaged in Nutrition at Sea)

Chum Buoy




In addition to the boat ride out to the fish farm, the winner will also receive a supply of fresh cod. Submissions will be accepted until June 22. Send entries to dolores.leonard@unh.edu or to the Campus Journal. A panel of research team members will choose the winning entry.

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