Merck Animal Health's Hyper InfusiO₂n™

Merck Animal Health's Hyper InfusiO₂n™

Bob Larson
Bob Larson
From the Ag Information Network, I’m Bob Larson. We hear the arguments for removing the Lower Snake River dams to protect salmon populations, but we never hear ANYONE talking about OTHER solutions, until now.

Merck Animal Health researcher, Chris Beasley says their new Hyper InfusiO2n solutions helps salmon find the fish ladders with more stable, dissolved oxygen in the waters …

BEASLEY … “That’s actually one of the real values of this technology because the way that it operates, we’re actually removing nitrogen and other trace gases that are dissolved in the water, and replacing them at a one-to-one molecular rate with oxygen. So, the oxygen truly goes into the solution. It’s immediately available for fish respiration and it’s also remarkably stable because we aren’t simply trying to put more gas and water that’s already saturated with other gases.”

Beasley says, this makes it easier and safer for the salmon …

BEASLEY … “These fish ladders span vast distances, so I kind of look at this like getting a glass of water when you’re running a marathon. You know, you have those little stations where you can take a quick sip of water and move on. So, I’d view this oxygenated water moving through the fish ladder in a very similar way. So, fish are able to pass with lower mortality and when they get to the top of the fish ladder, they’re in better condition.”

Beasley says a lot of work has gone into this …

BEASLEY … “We’re really excited about the potential for this to, you know, help offset whatever mortality might be attributed to the dams.”

Tune in tomorrow for more on this fish-friendly alternative to removing the dams … on the Lower Snake River.

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