USACE To Monitor Fish at Hydro Facilities

Destron Fearing, a unit of the Digital Angel advanced technology firm, has been awarded new orders for passive integrated transponder fish-monitoring tags from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The value of the new orders is expected to be in the range of $1.5 to $2.0 million over the next year. The company expects to begin shipping product under the new orders within two weeks.

Last year, Bonneville Power Administration awarded contract modifications totaling $745,000 for passive integrated transponder technology and radio frequency identification technology and equipment for fish counting at hydroelectric projects in the Pacific Northwest.

The new orders extend the company’s participation in a project currently under way to continue to develop a PIT-tag system for monitoring salmonids using the spillways at hydroelectric projects in the Columbia and Snake River basins.

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