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Eyes in the Ocean The Rapid Assessment TowFish (RATFish) Marine Applied Research and Exploration www.maregroup.org

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Eyes in the Ocean

The Rapid Assessment TowFish(RATFish)

Marine Applied Research and Exploration www.maregroup.org

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SOE has a visionary set of goals:

• Balance community design with carrying capacity of natural resources

• Drive sustainable change

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we don’t understand the oceans enough to quantify sustainable change

Mission Control- we have a problem

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Sustainability—What does it mean?• Only 3% of our oceans are explored

• Political and emotional debate

• Sustainability remains a concept not an attainable result

• Understanding marine ecosystems is a pre-requisite to sustainable change.

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We can’t understand what we can’t see.

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Rapid Assessment TowFish

• Mid-water or bottom surveys• 20 – 100 meters (the depth zone for the vast

majority of coastal habitats)• State of the art visual survey capability• Operable from a small boat (~25 foot)• Packs down into 3 x 100 lb suitcases• Quick deployment• Weather windows

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The RATFish: Cuts assessment costs by >50%

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Series1$0

$10,000$20,000$30,000$40,000$50,000$60,000$70,000$80,000$90,000

SUB AUV ROV RATFish

Cost for a 50 mile survey

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Purchase Price

$350,000

$45,000

ROVRATFish

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Market Opportunities

• Marine reserves

• Fish stock assessments

• Wave and offshore wind power

• BP oil spill

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Timeline

Year 1: – build and test prototype against proven ROV

Year 2: – 60 contract days at sea– Begin vetting qualified manufacturers– Begin marketing to resource managers & scientists

Year 3: – 80 contract days at sea– Manufacturer begins production of RATFish

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Who is MARE?• 501(c)3 non-profit

• Mission: To provide and deploy technology needed to see and understand underwater coastal habitats

• Founded in 2003

• Co-led 17 expeditions– Marine Protected Area assessments and surveys– Lost fishing gear recovery missions– Offshore energy site characterizations and biological

assessments

• Co-convened an international tech conference

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MARE personnel :• 75 years of experience design, manufacture and

operations • Co-founders have built 400+ ROVs and 5 manned

submersibles• David Jeffrey, former VP of Engineering • Dirk Rosen, former CEO Deep Ocean Engineering

• 2 Directors have served in top management of several Fortune 500 corporations

• Marine biologists and GIS personnel on staff

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What’s needed: $150,000

• Conceptual design completed

• $50k loan from California Fisheries Fund

• $100,000 needed

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SOE Goals:

• Balance community design with carrying capacity of natural resources

• Drive sustainable change

These goals are critical.

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Oceans are in deep trouble

• “Crisis”– Pew Ocean Commission report

• “Putting our future at risk”– U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy

• 29% collapse already

• Global fisheries collapse by 2050?

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The future of coastal communities depends on healthy oceans

• Coastal tourism

• Fishing industry

• Sustainable offshore energy production

• 20% of world’s protein

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The RATFish enables sustainable change

• Economical “eyes” into the ocean

• Management decisions based on sound data

• Better managed coastlines will:– improve tourism opportunities – allow for sustainable ocean energy development where practical – maintain and ultimately increase the supply of seafood protein– generate and keep jobs

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The RATFish

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Marine Applied Research and ExplorationRichmond, CA

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