Wash.,-based Whooshh Innovations (www.whooshh.com) on Wednesday announced that
its proprietary Whooshh Fish Transport System -- also known as the Salmon Cannon
-- has won the prestigious “Best of What’s New Award” from Popular Science
joins 100 other winners that were chosen from thousands of entrants, according
to the magazine.
award is the magazine's top honor, and each of the
winners represents a revolution in its field, according to Cliff Ransom, editor-in-chief of Popular Science.
27 years, Popular Science has honored the innovations that surprise and amaze
us – those that make a positive impact on our world today and challenge our
view of what's possible in the future,
Innovations CEO Vincent Bryan III said the entire Whooshh team is “delighted
and honored” to be among this year’s big winners. He credited his entire development
team with turning a great idea into “an elegant, simple, and sustainable
solution for fish passage.”
thank Popular Science for recognizing what both the private and the public
sectors are beginning to realize: that the Whooshh Fish Transport System is a
viable and proven solution to many challenges surrounding the movement of
system is intended to move fish at the processing plant, farm site, hatchery,
or dam through its patented transport tubes that use pressure differentials to “whoosh”
the fish from one place to another --gently, quickly, efficiently and cost-effectively, Bryan says.
nearly five years of investment in research, development, and testing, Bryan
said, “We are now at the most exciting part of our journey that of launching a
truly innovative product that has already begun to positively impact the major
challenges of the century: food, energy, water, and the environment. Now both
private interests and government agencies charged with delivering on these
often competing interests and demands have a win-win
solution, with a better, more flexible, and cost effective system that can be
deployed quickly and economically.”
cited three recent and significant successes for the Whooshh Fish Transport
This past summer, the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife, using a
120-foot-long system, safely transported nearly 100 tons of live migratory
hatchery-bound salmon from the
operation of the pressurized salmon cannon system involved at a Washougal River
weir made it possible for WDFW staff to move hatchery and wild fall chinook
salmon from the weir up the riverbank with minimal handling, according to
Whooshh Innovations CEO, Vince Bryan III. Fish travel via the proprietary “Whooshh
tube,” a distance of 120 linear feet in approximately five seconds, and then
exit into awaiting tanker trucks destined for the hatchery.
Kinne, WDFW Hatchery Reform coordinator, said the Whooshh fish transport tubes
eliminate several steps for hatchery workers when moving fish from the center
of the river to the waiting tanker truck, a process that can result in high
stress to the fish.
added that the Washougal installation is “a big step toward having fully
volitional Whooshh systems installed in the future,” enabling more fish to
reach spawning grounds and hatcheries cost effectively.
The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, in an independent study funded by
the U.S. Department of Energy, has just tested both a 40-foot and 250-foot
Whooshh Fish Transport System, comparing it to the traditional fish “trap and
haul” process associated with moving fish past barriers such as dams, and that
are located in or on the banks of the river systems where fish ladders do not
exist or do not work. Such study is necessary for the transport of ESA fish
listed under the Endangered Species Act;
At a major salmon processing plant in Norway, up to 25 tons of premium whole
salmon are being transported through a 500-foot Whooshh system each day and new
installations are being proposed in other major fish producing areas such as
Alaska, Chile, Australia, and Vietnam.
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