U.S. awards additional work for fish counting technology

Bonneville Power Administration has 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.

Technology company Digital Angel Corp. said June 30, 2009, its Destron Fearing unit received the award, which includes $615,000 in contract modifications, extending the company’s participation in a project already under way to develop a PIT tag system for monitoring salmonids using spillways at hydroelectric projects. The remaining $130,000 is a purchase order for replacement of existing installed readers.

Digital Angel said the modification is for development and installation of a multiple-antenna reader system for 603-MW Ice Harbor Dam, which is operated by the Corps of Engineers on Washington’s Snake River. (HydroWorld 5/27/09)

In 2007, the Corps awarded a multi-year contract worth up to $10 million to Digital Angel, of South St. Paul, Minn., to supply PIT tag technology to be used in conjunction with a radio frequency identification antenna to monitor fish movement. (HydroWorld 1/10/07) At that time, it also received a multi-year contract extension to be the exclusive provider of radio frequency identification technology and equipment to BPA.

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