Aqua: ‘Hamster wheel´ bird net support gain plaudits
Date of publication : 11/28/2007
Source : Fusion Marine
An innovative new heavy duty bird net support system developed by Fusion Marine for salmon farm cages is proving popular with some of Scotland’s leading fish farming companies.
Dubbed by Fusion Marine as the ‘hamster wheel’ because of its shape, the system offers several advantages over conventional tripod bird net supports.
The broad diameter of the ‘hamster wheel’ provides improved support for protective anti-predator netting by holding the shape better and preventing any sagging towards the water’s surface, which is particularly important in rough weather.
It is also very robust, offering much less movement than traditional bird net supports. Its broad circumference also means there is less abrasion to the net.
The Scottish Sea Farms Kishorn site has been trialling a hamster wheel on one of its cages, and site manager Graham Smith says he has been pleased with its performance.
“The new design is excellent and is ideal for exposed sites,” he says. “It provides good support for the net in a much improved shape and is a system I would like to see installed on all of our cages.”
Meanwhile, Marine Harvest has also recently opted for the new heavy duty bird net support system for a major fish farm cage upgrade and refurbishment programme carried out by Fusion Marine at a site on Loch Erisort, Lewis.
And Lakeland Unst is using the system for new Fusion Marine 315 Oceanflex cages delivered to one of their sites in the far north of Shetland.
Iain Forbes of Fusion Marine said: “We developed this new system in consultation with our customers. It provides several advantages over conventional bird net supports and several fish farm operators are now reaping the benefits. Other fish farming companies are also showing strong interest in purchasing the system.”
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