SmartCatch: Net Management for Reducing Bycatch

SmartCatch is an IoT solution to a common problem faced by fishermen around the world: Bycatch. Bycatch refers to all of the unintended marine life that gets caught in a fisherman’s nets in addition to the target species.

The SmartCatch system consists of three parts: DigiCatch, SmartNet, and DataCloud. DigiCatch is a real-time, remote-control HD camera and sensor system that stays in the net, allowing fishermen to monitor exactly what’s in their catch. SmartNet is a smart release system that allows fishermen to release rejected marine life in their trawl nets without pulling the net aboard.

And finally, DataCloud is a data hub that allows fishermen to perform analytics and oversight in order to optimize every fleet deployment.

“I believe that by leveraging state-of-the-art technologies and drawing upon the knowledge amassed by generations of fishermen, effective solutions can be found,” said Robert Terry, SmartCatch founder and CTO.

 

StanfordFood IT Panel discussion from SmartCatch on Vimeo.

SmartCatch: Net Management for Reducing Bycatch
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