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An entrepreneurial Pacific Northwest company that thinks outside the box has developed a new system for moving fish from Point A to Point B.

Washington-based Whooshh Innovations’ (That’s right: “Whoosh” was already taken) new invention can move fish at a processing plant, farm site, hatchery, or over a dam through its patented transport tubes, which use pressure differentials to “whoosh” the fish from one place to another — gently, quickly and very cost-effectively, says company CEO Vincent Bryan III.

“There’s no doubt that we are challenging the status quo” when it comes to processing and wild fish passage, Bryan says. “Given the competitive nature of the aquaculture business, and the importance of wild salmon to the Pacific Northwest, we are excited about the opportunities ahead for this new fish transport system.”

The Whooshh system is being tested for live fish passage at the Roza Dam hatchery facility on the Yakima River in Washington.