Fish Protection Prize
The Fish Protection Prize is catalyzing new solutions, designs, and strategies to prevent fish from swimming into water infrastructure, such as water diversions and pipes and intakes at hydropower dams. We’re seeking innovative ideas to advance fish exclusion technology.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Water Power Technologies Office (WPTO), in collaboration with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, has launched the Fish Protection Prize, inspiring innovators to compete for $700,000 of combined cash prizes and voucher support to help protect fish from these threats. As many as three winners will be selected.
The prize consists of three stages that provide the structure and resources needed to move methods for protecting fish from water diversions and intakes from initial concept, to technical design, to prototyping, to field-tested systems. It will conclude with the PITCH CONTEST Stage, taking place between August 30 and September 1 at the 150th Annual Meeting of the American Fisheries Society in Columbus, Ohio.
This prize builds on the initial Fish Exclusion Prize, run by the Bureau of Reclamation, released on March 6, 2019. The winners of the first prize were announced in December 2019. This next three-staged prize invites you to share your innovative approach—along with a design and research plan—for keeping fish away from water diversions and intakes.
$700,000 IN CASH PRIZES AND VOUCHER SUPPORT
This prize will distribute a total of $700,000 of combined cash prizes and voucher support.
The purpose of this prize is to incentivize the development of innovative solutions to advance fish exclusion technology.
While the prize is soliciting solutions of all shapes and sizes, organizers identified the following six topic areas as having the greatest potential for successful and cost-effective fish exclusion:
Please review the official rules for the application process and instructions for competing.