Milford company grows
Airmar's acquisition allows it to expand into commercial fishing
The sensors are affixed to fishing nets used for catching white fish like cod and pollock and measure a number of factors such as how many fish are in the net, how wide the opening is and whether the net is going through the water level or needs adjusting, Boucher said. The data is then sent through an acoustic modem to computer screens on the vessel so that crews can see what’s happening underwater.
“It’s important technology for the industry,” Boucher said. “They want to fish using as little fuel as can be expended. They go through tens of thousands of dollars in fuel per day.”
For eight years, Airmar has been making the ultrasonic sensors used in Marport’s product, but now manufacturing of the units will be controlled by Airmar. The companies will continue to work together on research and development of new products, and Marport’s service centers in Iceland, Spain and Washington state will continue to operate under the acquisition.
The company, headquartered in Milford, will also have to expand its service division, said Boucher, because the delicate sensors take some serious abuse aboard the commercial fishing vessels and need to be repaired frequently.
Heading into the commercial fishing industry is a good way for Airmar to expand its customer base and its product line, said Boucher. Airmar makes WeatherStation instruments and navigation equipment, including electronic compasses.
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