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November 13, 2014 16:33 ET

Whooshh Innovations Wins Popular Science Magazine's 'Best of What's New' Award

"Salmon Cannon" Proves It Can Help Fish Transcend Barriers

BELLEVUE, WA--(Marketwired - November 13, 2014) - Whooshh™ Innovations (www.whooshh.com) has 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 Best of Whatʼs New Award is the magazineʼs top honor, and the 100 winners -- chosen from among thousands of entrants -- each represents a revolution in its field," said 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 whatʼs possible in the future."

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."

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 & Wildlife, using a 120' system, safely transported nearly 100 tons of live migratory hatchery-bound salmon from the Washougal River; 
  • The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, in an independent study funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, has just tested both a 40' and 250' 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 (Endangered Species Act) fish;
  • At a major salmon processing plant in Norway, up to 25 tons of premium whole salmon are being transported through a 500' Whooshh system each day and new installations are being proposed in other major fish-producing areas such as Alaska, Chile, Australia, and Vietnam. 

Privately held Whooshh Innovations is dedicated to reinventing fish passage. 

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