Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence

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2016 Regional Award Winner


Meeker's Management Service

Severe weather regularly pummels Ontario's lakes. The pens used by offshore fish farmers in Northern Ontario often cannot withstand rough conditions caused by waves, storms and ice floes. For that reason, fish farms are often restricted to sheltered waterways, such as bays, where higher water temperatures mean lower oxygen levels that can stunt fish growth. Mike Meeker set out to revolutionize a pen that could withstand rough weather conditions. The aquaculture pioneer invented StormSafe, a submersible net pen with a unique design that creates stability. The innovation makes it possible to submerge the pens rapidly when severe weather hits. Meanwhile, the pen's larger size gives it another advantage over the competition. By improving offshore fish cultivation, Meeker's StormSafe is a step in the right direction to support a more profitable Ontario aquaculture industry.



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