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Whooshh System, Known As Salmon Cannon, Gets Popular Science Award; Used On Washougal River
Posted on Friday, November 14, 2014 (PST)

Bellevue, 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 magazine.

 

Whooshh joins 100 other winners that were chosen from thousands of entrants, according to the magazine.

 

The 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.

 

“For 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, Ransom said.

 

Whooshh 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.”

 

“We 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 fish.”

 

The 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.

 

After 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.”

 

Bryan cited three recent and significant successes for the Whooshh Fish Transport System:

 

-- 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 Washougal River;

 

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. 

 

Eric 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.

 

Bryan 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.

 

For more information about the system and the company go to:

http://whooshh.com/

 

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