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North Carolina company plans a large-scale test of its artificial lobster bait in Nova Scotia traps later this year

Organobait-450x300Kepley Biosystems conducted a pilot study here last year and the small Greensboro, N.C., company aims to have local fishermen bait as many as 200 traps in November and December with its hockey puck-shaped tablets that, once immersed in water, mimic the smell of decomposing herring. “There’s definitely a lot of possibility to have this be a very, very disruptive technology that could bring in a lot of money,” Anthony Dellinger, the scientist who heads the company, told Local Xpress. Crustacean fishing is a $66-billion global market that now requires about 18 million tons of baitfish a year. That’s worth an estimated $20 billion annually, he said. The calcium-based tablets, dubbed OrganoBait, could eliminate the effort and resources it takes to catch bait, such as herring, that’s used to catch lobster, said Dellinger, who has a PhD in nanoscience. Read the story here 11:26

Is Synthetic bait the answer to natural bait shortages? Kepley Biosystems is banking on it!

organbait_750xx4272-2403-0-223As the lobster bait shortage on the US east coast continues to attract more attention — recently prompting regulation changes in on the east coast  — a North Carolina-based synthetic bait startup is in a good position to fill the gap in bait supply. Kepley Biosystems is responsible for developing, a hockey puck-shaped product that mimics the smell emitted by decaying forage fish, the traditional bait used to catch crab and lobster, but uses no animal byproducts. Anthony Dellinger, president of Kepley Biosystems, said that the shortage of forage fish for bait has been a growing issue for a while, but has recently garnered more attention. Read the rest here 09:06

North Carolina Startup Kepley Biosystems synthetic lobster/crab bait could boost supplies of forage fish

Organobait-450x300After winning a competition for a $750,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) phase II grant in early March, a North Carolina-based startup plans to commercialize its synthetic lobster and crab bait alternative upon obtaining additional funding Kepley Biosystems, one of 50 winners of the grant, has spent several years developing Organobait, a hockey puck-shaped product that mimics the smell emitted by decaying forage fish, the traditional crab and lobster bait. The synthetic bait is made with inorganic chemicals and avoids the use of animal byproducts. Read the rest here 14:09