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Ward Aquafarms LLC

Profile last edited on: 1/12/2018
51 North Falmouth Highway
North Falmouth, MA 02556
  (603) 505-0865
Business Identifier: Integrating IOT capabilities into the oyster farming industry
Public Profile:
Ward Aquafarms is a 10-acre aquaculture operation in Megansett Harbor, on Cape Cod, MA where the effort is to improve the traceability of the firm's oyster harvest. Owned and rmanaged by a research fellow at the Marine Biology Laboratory in nearby Woods Hole, the concern is that while terrestrial farming is increasingly data driven, oyster farming is fundamentally undertaken the same way as centuries ago. Oysters are shipped and often consumed while they are still alive, posing a serious human health danger if not properly chilled from the time of harvest and at each step in their transit until the point of consumption. Bacteria that can be found in the seawater where oysters live, may be present in raw oysters at levels high enough to cause illness; higher temperatures during the shipment process may cause dangerous increases in baceria levels. Tracking the oyster from harvest consumtion is currently largely a pen and paper. process. To make temperature tracking more reliable, easier and precise at the point of harvest, Ward Aquafarms has installed a cloud-connected thermal radiometry sensor at the oyster farm as the first point in fully integrated system of related technologies tracking an recording the entire shipment until it reaches the final consumer.

 Synopsis: Awardee Business Condition
Year Founded First SBIR Year Date of Last Award
Employee Range VC funded? IP Holdings
Revenue Range Private/Public Exchange/Symbol :
 Most Recent SBIR Projects
Year Phase Agency Dollars Project Title
Optimized Shellfish Aquaculture Production Barge

Contact information

Innovation Development Institute, LLC

   45 Beach Bluff Avenue, Suite 300
     Swampscott,  MA 01907-1542

  Tel:  (781) 595-2920