Pentair design and installation of an experimental spiny lobster hatchery at Sultan Qaboos University Oman
In March 2014, Dr. Stephen Goddard contacted Pentair with some design specifications for an experimental hatchery to support a new research program on the larval culture of the tropical spiny lobster Panulirus homarus. The RAS requirements were demanding with three integrated components. These included a pretreatment system for incoming seawater, experimental larval rearing tanks with specific design to promote the gentle movement of larvae and a unit for holding brood stock lobsters. The proposed designs were promptly submitted by Pentair, bids from rival companies compared and after some discussion and minor changes they were accepted by the university. After construction and shipping the installation in Oman took around ten days with all details handled most professionally by Pentair Aquatic Eco-Systems Field Engineer, Rick Jones. Rick also led the design team and impressed us all with his skills and dedication to the task. Just a week after completion of the hatchery, brood stock lobsters were obtained and research is now in progress on larval biology and culture. Dr. Stephen Goddard shared his generous thoughts about the process stating, "The quality and service we received were of the highest standard and overall the university is extremely satisfied in all of its dealings with Pentair."
We would like to thank Dr. Stephan Goddard, the research teams and Sultan Qaboos University for this opportunity and for their kind words regarding the Spiny Lobster Hatchery design/install. We appreciate you.