FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Machinists at the University of Alaska Fairbanks have invented two devices to remove pin bones from salmon.
Pin bones are the tiny bones that extend from the backbones of salmon. Conventional salmon-cleaning machines leave pin bones behind. The ability to remove pinbones automatically would enable processors to make better use of less valuable salmon species such as pink and chum.
Larry Kozycki, manager of the machine shop at the university's Geophysical Institute and machinist Ned Manning spent three years perfecting the devices, according to officials with the Geophysical Institute.
One of the devices fits on a tabletop and is designed for small-volume processors. The other is as large as a refrigerator and is intended for high-volume processors.
The machine shop has signed licensing agreements with the university to develop the machines.
Kozycki said he hopes to find a company willing to manufacture the devices and pay licensing fees to the university and machine shop.
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