When we talk about technology these days, the conversation usually centers around the latest smartphone or mobile app. It doesn’t usually have to do with fish.
In this case, we aren’t even talking about a new lure or reel! Nope, in this case we’re talking about an innovation from a company called Whooshh Innovations in Bellevue, WA.
What Whooshh has developed is a new device that’s coming to be known as the “Salmon Cannon.” What the device does is use a flexible sleeve and suction to reduce the amount of handling the fish has to endure during spawning or transfer.
The Yakima Nation tribe is testing the device in the salmon it diverts to be used as breeding stock at their hatchery. If successful, the device could be used to help the salmon get upstream past dams utilizing old school fish ladders.
Learn more about salmon cannon in this article from the Yakima Herald-Republic.
As spring chinook make their way up the Yakima River this year, a select few are taking an unusual route: through new vacuum tube technology being tested at Roza Dam.
The Yakama Nation Fisheries is working with Bellevue-based Whooshh Innovations to study a system that uses a flexible sleeve and gentle suction to send live salmon 40 feet across the dam’s fish collection facility and into a tanker truck in just seconds.
Eventually, the technology could help fish pass over and around Northwest dams, but first it needs to be proven safe, said Dave Fast, senior research scientist for the Yakima Nation.
Photo: The Columbian / Video: Yakima Herald-Republic