Feeding the Fish
By Beth Potier, Media Relations
Photos by Bridget Finnegan
September 26, 2007
Last week, researchers from UNH’s Atlantic Marine Aquaculture Center
(AMAC) took Campus Journal aboard the Meriel B to visit the Center’s
offshore aquaculture demonstration site six miles off the coast of Portsmouth.
A three hour tour
AMAC operations manager Michael Chambers discusses the business of raising
fish in the harsh open-ocean conditions of the AMAC’s demonstration site.
Aquamanna, AMAC’s new remotely operated, 80-ton automated fish feeding
buoy, holds 20 tons of food and will feed four different crops of fish at a
time. It’s not fully programmed yet, so feeding proceeds from the boat.
Are you there, cod?
Research technician Gita George ’06 and Muriel B captain Tim McClare
send feed to about 50,000 cod, bred from wild Gulf of Maine stock, in a cage
30 feet below the surface of the Atlantic.
Randy Whistler, research project engineer, oversees the feeding from a monitor
inside the Meriel B.
Returning to Portsmouth’s Fish Pier, the Meriel B stops to check on
another AMAC-launched project: a local commercial fisherman’s offshore
mussel farm, the first in the U.S. AMAC developed the technology to farm blue
mussels on submerged lines in an open ocean environment.