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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.

Oh buoy!

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.

Fish TV

Randy Whistler, research project engineer, oversees the feeding from a monitor inside the Meriel B.

Mussel mass

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.

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