Given that good site husbandry is critical to their businesses, industry stakeholders are keenly interested in maximizing their environmental stewardship. “Best Practices” have been established for the operation of finfish marine farms. teslaH2O™ embraces Best Management Practices.
Primary net-washing procedures usually entail removing fouled nets and replacing them with clean ones. Because a number of people and a great deal of equipment are involved, feeding time is easily lost; worse, fish are stressed as a result of handling. Fouled nets are often sent to land-based facilities for washing in huge drums, a procedure that contributes significantly to net degradation and shrinkage: Once nets have been through the “wringer,” they must be untangled, feathered out, and have incidental tearing and damaged parts repaired. After re-inspection, nets must be redeployed and, ultimately, re-inspected when they’re back in place.
To minimize net handling, it used to be accepted practice to employ active copper compounds to delay organic accumulation. Unfortunately, the effectiveness of this “paint,” impregnated within the net fibres, depends upon site specifics and the ionic release capability of what’s applied; what’s more, their application is expensive. Over time, chemicals leach from these compounds. Their use is being reconsidered and may soon be restricted.
Producers have often delayed the expensive process of removing nets for washing by hiring teams of divers to clean them in place–a labour-intensive process, inconvenient, and not always effective. In the early 2000’s, his clients challenged Darren Reid of Brunswick Jetters to design a better system of removing fouling organisms than costly teams of divers with hand-held washers. They wanted to save money, keep maintenance time short, and protect their equipment. They wanted to guarantee a thorough, comprehensive (bottom, as well as sides) wash.
Washing nets in place is a sensible approach. teslaH2O™ represents a compelling alternative for environmentally-conscious producers.
After almost 10 years of research, design, engineering, and extensive testing, teslaH2O™ will soon be launched.