(this video has audio narration)
The rim and center spar of the 80 foot diameter SeaStation cage, the third to be installed as part of the University of New Hampshire's Open Ocean Aquaculture program, are lowered into the water in preparation for being towed to the site, nine miles from shore. Once at the site, divers prepare the cage for assembly. The first task is to place the net over the center spar and then make sure that it is untangled and ready to be tightened.The crew then uses come-alongs to stretch the net taut and attach it at multiple points along the rim. This is repeated for what will be the top section of the diamond-shaped cage as well as the bottom section. This cage is similar to two existing 600 cubic meter cages at the site, but, at 3000 cubic meters, will be able to hold a lot more fish. Divers are then deployed to make some final adjustments on the center spar. Finally, the crew makes some last minute adjustments to the top of the cage, now ready to be stocked with Atlantic cod.