Lockheed Martin's Technology-Infused Mobile Fish Pen Named A Top 25 Invention By TIME Magazine

Thu Jan 10, 2013 9:00am EST

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New system creates environmentally sustainable method of commercial aquaculture.
VALLEY FORGE, Pa.,  Jan. 10, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- You've heard the old saying -
there are plenty of fish in the sea - however, this may not always be the case.
The inability of wild fisheries to supply the burgeoning demand for healthful
and protein-rich seafood has given rise to a robust aquaculture industry that
has helped alleviate the threat of overfishing in the world's oceans.

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But raising fish in ponds and pens, while contributing greatly to the
availability of affordable seafood, has given rise to a range of environmental
concerns. Inland and shore-based farms, when poorly sited, can compromise water
quality, and compete for space with recreation, shipping, commercial fishing and
other uses.  

To solve these environmental concerns and preserve the promise of aquaculture's
ability to satisfy the demand for fresh seafood, Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) has
teamed with Kampachi Farms of  Hawaii  and Illinois Soybean Association to
develop an innovative new system that could produce a sea change in fish
farming.

The new system, recognized by TIME Magazine as one of the Top 25 Inventions of
2012, is a mobile fish pen, or drifting fish cage, which is hooked to a barge
that drifts with the ocean eddies. The system circles in the current much like a
satellite is held by gravity in a controlled orbit around the Earth. The mobile
system, which is constantly moving over the ocean's surface, in waters over
12,000 ft deep, solves the potential problems of impacts on water quality or
impacts on the seafloor, and appears to improve fish health and growth.

As the cage drifts, the highly automated system controls feeding from the barge
and cleaning by a remote operating vehicle inside the cage. The system operates
by integrating satellite communications, remote sensing data feeds, robotics,
motor controls, and Lockheed Martin's command and control and situational
awareness software.

"This truly revolutionary approach to aquaculture is a remarkable example of the
breadth of missions and projects to which Lockheed Martin technology can be
applied," said  Gerry Fasano, president of Lockheed Martin Information Systems
and Global Solutions-Defense. "We took technologies and software developed for
defense-related applications and used them to create a sustainable,
environmentally sound method of farming, which will undoubtedly have a lasting
impact on our oceans and wildlife."

The beta-trial of the mobile fish pen used fingerlings raised from wild
broodstock in land-based hatcheries, so there was no genetic difference between
farmed and wild stocks. The beta-trial also used of a highly efficient soy-based
feed, allowing fish to reach harvest size faster (five months) with improved
feed conversion for the high-value, sashimi-grade fish species under culture
(Kampachi). In addition, automation keeps labor costs low and improves safety.

"The drifter cage allows us to marry revolutionary technologies to grow fish
with literally no footprint on the oceans," said  Neil Anthony Sims, co-founder
and Chief Executive Officer of Kampachi Farms, LLC. "We're combining this
technology with more responsible feeds, more sustainable proteins and oils, to
grow this industry, to allow us to feed 9 billion people."

Using the mobile cage method, aquafarms could produce large volumes of high
quality seafood with reduced costs, potentially reducing the  $10 million  U.S.
annual seafood trade deficit. Around the world, the new technology could enable
countries without ample farmland or fresh water to farm fish more effectively,
thereby allowing countries to open a new industry and achieve food security,
along with the benefits of job creation.

Headquartered in  Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and
aerospace company that employs about 120,000 people worldwide and is principally
engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and
sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The
corporation's net sales for 2011 were  $46.5 billion.

For additional information, visit:  www.lockheedmartin.com

SOURCE  Lockheed Martin


John O'Sullivan, +1-202-664-9448, john.r.o'sullivan@lmco.com
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