- Company News
- Posted Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Smith-Root Making a Splash in Aquaculture
Smith-Root has an established history in developing and manufacturing electrofishing equipment for aquatic resource management. Relying heavily on 50 years of experience developing electrofishing technologies that comprise a majority of Smith-Root’s business, the company has recently utilized its technological expertise to break into the expanding aquaculture sector.
According to Carl Burger—Smith-Root’s Business Development lead and Senior Scientist—“We believe that our engineers and scientists have unique skills and expertise that allow them to develop meaningful technologies for the aquaculture industry.” Not surprisingly, Smith-Root has unveiled several revolutionary technologies at aquaculture conferences in the past year. Some highlighted technologies include Electric Fish-Handling Gloves that allow users to rapidly and safely immobilize fish with the touch of their hands. Operations that have integrated the gloves are quickly increasing their efficiency while minimizing the use of chemical sedatives.
Another revolutionary technology is the Humane Harvester. This electrode-lined, inline pipe system is already being utilized in Europe to sedate and humanely harvest up to 10,000 fish/hour, all without degradation to fillet quality. The construction of the first United States-based Humane Harvester was recently commissioned in January 2017, and the system is slated to be in operation by summer.
Perhaps the most promising new product of all is a field-portable, DNA detection device that can provide results in 45 minutes. The hand-held qPCR technology was developed by innovators at Biomeme for detection of bacteria and other targeted DNA, and Smith-Root is now introducing the technology to the fisheries and aquaculture industry. Dr. Austen Thomas, Smith-Root's lead molecular ecologist, is working with Biomeme to develop detection assays on a suite of bacteria that are common two aquaculture environments. The technology is generating a great deal of excitement within the aquaculture industry, and many people anticipate this technological breakthrough will revolutionize fish health management throughout the aquaculture industry.
Smith-Root is excited to pursue new ventures and anticipates an emerging role in aquaculture. The company will attend the 2017 Aquaculture America Conference in San Antonio, TX to showcase these new technologies. Please stop by the booth to meet the innovators behind these revolutionary technologies and grab some free swag!