SmartCatch: Net Management for Reducing Bycatch

Feb 02 2017

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.

Stanford Food IT Panel discussion from SmartCatch on Vimeo.

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+ SmartCatch received a grant from the Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic (LEX-NG) Fund in 2014 to develop the system.

+ Fishing nets have operated in essentially the same way since their first use over 5000 years ago.

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