Fish-friendly, Environmentally Sustainable Technology
At Whooshh Innovations, we’re serious about moving live ﬁsh.
We’re committed to taking part in the global conversation as well as being part of a global solution to restoring migratory ﬁsh to their native spawning grounds. What keeps us going is a vision of healthy ﬁsh populations that contribute to a vibrant ecosystem, feed people, provide recreation, and stimulate local economies, while allowing for clean hydropower production.
We’re also committed to searching for better ways to move ﬁsh — and we are ready to put our technology to work to help people and organizations that are also committed to making a diﬀerence in the world of ﬁsh passage.
Our solutions are now being recognized and accepted by government agencies, tribal entities, hydro operators, ﬁsh biologists, and conservation organizations as an eﬃcient, cost-eﬀective, environmentally sustainable and better way to move ﬁsh safely.
Better for the Environment
Our ﬁsh-friendly and eﬃcient systems move ﬁsh quickly without the need to use or pump a lot of water. When water management is a priority, the Whooshh solution makes better sense, not just for the ﬁsh and for the environment, but also for others who depend on the availability of water for other uses.
Volitional or Assisted Entry
Depending on the application, ﬁsh can either enter the Whooshh tube by themselves or they can be assisted.
Whooshh substantially reduces annual operating costs over traditional passage systems.
Good for the Fish
A November 2014 national laboratory study of the eﬃcacy of the Whooshh system with adult fall Chinook salmon versus “trap and haul” found:
• No mortalities or signs of injury to ﬁsh
• Immune responses and egg survival were similar in both Whooshh and trap & haul
• The results from using the Whooshh system were comparable to or better than trap and haul.
Enhanced Worker Safety
Moving ﬁsh safely within or near rivers can be hazardous for the professionals whose livelihoods depend on transporting ﬁsh.
The Whooshh system eliminates the need for moving ﬁsh across the river by handbag or tote, thus minimizing a key danger that has often been “part of the job.” This situation can create signiﬁcant risk for management.
Recognized by the Hydropower Industry
The U.S. Department of Energy, the National Hydropower Association, and the hydropower industry have begun to recognize that the Whooshh Salmon Cannon™ oﬀers many beneﬁts to industry when it comes to guiding and moving ﬁsh over and around obstacles, including a standardized ﬂexible solution that can easily be modiﬁed and optimized even after installation.
Install in Days – Not Years
The Whooshh system can be used on non-ESA (Endangered Species Act) ﬁsh today. Further, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is currently reviewing the Whooshh system on a project-by-project basis under its experimental design guidelines in cases where ESA species are involved. For projects that require expert NMFS consultation, Whooshh oﬀers ﬁsh passage expertise to streamline project approval.