Remote Release Device for Marine Mammal Electronic Tags
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Wildlife Computers presents a remote release device for use with marine mammal data-logging tags proposed with three variations to suit cetaceans and large and small pinnipeds. The device uses innovative approaches such as ElectRelease epoxy for the releasing mechanism and an Argos-based signaling system. Preliminary testing of device components are reviewed in summary from Phase I efforts. Outlined plans for prototype production and bench, field, and animal tests are described in detail as focus of this Phase II technical proposal. Production and bench tests are intended to test not only design features but numerous production materials to keep device light, strong and ocean-worthy. Bench and field tests will simulate real-world environment interactions the release devices may be exposed to in addition to testing signaling ranges and release-reliability. Animal tests are proposed for northern fur seals and Steller sea lions with oversight by research affiliate Dr. Russel Andrews. A Phase II Option will explore production of the cetacean device and its testing on short-finned pilot whales.
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Wildlife Computers, Inc.
8345 154th Ave NE Redmond, WA 98052-
Number of Employees:
Alaska Sealife Center
301 Railway Ave
Seward, AK 99664-