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Fins for Filtration: Automated Fish Hatchery Raceway Cleaning[edit]

Background Information[edit]

Cleaning fish and food waste from fish hatchery raceways is a problem that has yet to be completely solved. The accumulation of waste is a problem because it can lead to disease and cause other fish health related problems. The goal for out project is to succesfully create an automatic cleaning system for the raceways that would significantly decrease the human component of cleaning, as well as increase the quality of the process.


Clear Springs Inc. of Idaho is the sponsor of this project. Clear Springs Inc. raises primarily Rainbow trout for food products. The have several hatchery farm locations throughout Idaho, but we are focusing specifically on their Box Canyon Farm location near Twin Falls Idaho. This hatchery has 180 fish rearing ponds.
Box Canyon Farms
Clear Springs Inc.

Team Members[edit]

  • Jeremy Schroeder
  • Levi Dawes
  • Matt Francis
  • Kate Wicher
  • Tao Xing, Advisor
  • Jeremy Cuddihy, Mentor

Design Goals[edit]

  1. Design an automated cleaning system with little maintenance.
  2. Reduces fine particulate in raceways from accumulating downstream to increase fish health.
  3. Maintains Current Phosphorous levels and Healthy Dissolved Oxygen levels.
  4. Analyses of flow using computational and experimental fluid dynamics.

Design Specifications[edit]

Our design must accomplish the following
  • Fit within the existing specifications of the raceways (only minor raceway modifications)
  • Be more effective than the current system.
  • Reduce downstream flow of particulates
  • Stay within EPA regulations of flow and waste

Project Learning[edit]

Background Research[edit]

Current Methods[edit]

  • A push screen that re-suspends particulate from the bottom and sides of the raceway
Push Screen Method
  • A vacuum that cleans waste once it has reached the quiescent zone
Vacuum System

Baffle Methods[edit]

  • Increases the flow at the bottom of the raceway to move waste
  • Has been implemented before but due to problems it is not currently in place

Brine Methods[edit]

  • Injects a solution with a density higher than water and the particulate to float the waste along the bottom to the quiescent zone
  • Has been tested in a controlled environment but never in an actual fish raceway


Scott Williams, Aquaculture Center[edit]
  • Scott has previously worked for Clear Springs Inc. and had a vast knowledge of their operations
  • Suggested the baffle idea be our main focus due to simplicity and amount of previously tested ideas with same basic design
Ken Cain, Fisheries Immunologist[edit]
  • Ken has also previously worked for Clear Springs Inc.
  • Suggested we move away from baffle idea because it has been tried many times and has never been successfully implemented
  • Confirmed that the introduction of a brine solution will not harm fish, but will actually help to kill bacteria in fish gills and scales. We will however have to test the brine method with fish in order to determine the effect fish movement has on brine solution at the bottom of the raceway.
Jim Liou, Hydraulic Engineer[edit]
  • Provided brine solution research and method
  • Has previously used the brine solution method in a controlled environment (without fish)to test how it works as a waste removal system

Concept Development[edit]

Brine Method[edit]

Baffle Method[edit]

Slope Method[edit]

Moving Vacuum Method[edit]