Problems / Solutions

Over-fishing and bycatch are massive global issues with few clear solutions. The UN FAO estimates that between 8-25% of the total global fisheries catch is discarded – ~27m tons per year. Global NGO Oceana estimates the cost of discarded fish to be around $1bn per year and a threat to a sustainable future food source. While regulatory reform and new fisheries management mechanisms are making great strides in addressing some issues, there is still room for technical improvement in fish capture processes. Our goal is to raise the selectivity of these processes, helping fishermen catch the right fish in the first place. Leaving juvenile and endangered fish in the water lowers the reliance on regulation to clean up the problem when it may already be too late. The ongoing introduction of the European Discards Ban is raising pressure on fishermen and owner operators to identify and use more selective fishing gear. We will meet this need through commercialising the useful outcomes of the work we are already doing with fisheries scientists and gear technologists.

LIGHT & GEOMETRY

Our solutions enable the testing of the effect of light based visual stimuli on different fish capture processes. In order to offer experimental flexibility our devices span different geometries and sizes and can be fitted to any kind of fish capture equipment. Most of the devices we produce also have a degree of programmability, in order to allow specifications such as emitted wavelength, flash-rate and intensity of light to be set by scientists.

By producing tools that are simple, standardised, and flexible, we hope to rapidly increase the understanding of how light can alter the species and size selectivity of different fish capture processes.