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SafetyNet Technologies

SafetyNet Technologies develops light emitting devices to help fishermen catch the right fish, lowering bycatch by up to 90% and improving fishing revenues by 25%. This saves more fish, helps fishermen, and protects an increasingly essential food source now and for the future. We have projects around the world with national governments, scientists, retailers and the fishing industry.

  • Engineer
  • Independent Consultant
  • Contact: Nadia Laabs

School for Marine Science and Technology, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

School for Marine Science and Technology is a graduate school at the University of Massachusetts engaging in research and education in all areas of marine science and technology. The Fish Behavior and Conservation Engineering (FBACE) Laboratory under the leadership of Professor Pingguo He focuses on the understanding of fish behavior, in the laboratory and in the field, and the application of the knowledge in designing fishing gears and operational strategies to reduce bycatch and discards, seabed disturbance, and other environmental impacts of fishing operations.


  • Academic
  • Contact: Pingguo He

Sea Mammal Education Learning Technology Society (SMELTS)

SMELTS is dedicated to developing technologies that reduce harmful interactions between humans and marine mammals. We have created a patent pending Ropeless fishing system that uses compressed air with variable buoyancy lift bags to bring gear to the surface which completely eliminates the vertical line and bouy. The system is complemented by an acoustic modem used to track gear location and trigger the lift bag inflation. This is a negatively buoyant fishing retrieval system that has the ability to lift heavy loads from the seafloor to the surface with ease. The system is easily scalable to meet the diverse requirements of many different fisheries. In addition, when at the surface it transmits active location information via satellite to the fishing vessel. This technology has the potential of eliminating entanglement risks to marine mammals, reducing gear conflicts, and minimizing ghost fishing and marine debris.

  • NGO
  • Contact: Richard Riels