Sustainable Fisheries

SafetyNet launches their LED based system that repels unwanted bycatch

Healthy fisheries are critical to the health of the world’s ocean, economic stability, and food security.

Our goal is to increase the sustainability of fisheries worldwide. We are particularly interested in technologies that reduce bycatch, which can significantly increase biomass in the ocean and help protect the livelihoods of fishers. We believe that by bringing transparency to the seafood supply chain and enforcing existing regulations, we can halt illegal, unregulated, and unreported (IUU) fishing and better preserve our world’s fisheries and oceans.

Current Partners

Blue Ocean Gear

Redwood City, CA

Developing fishing gear that enables more sustainable practices, such as the Smart Buoy system, which uses trackable buoys to prevent lost gear and send notifications about movement due to whale entanglement or other events.

Fishtek Marine

Devon, UK

Developing the SharkGuard, a technology that uses electricity to reduce shark and ray bycatch by repelling them from longlines.

Fishing Boat Deck

San Jose, Costa Rica

Developing the Smart Scale to increase data collection and transparency to fisheries worldwide. In partnership with Osa Conservation, they are piloting their technology on the Osa Peninsula.


Washington, DC.

Developing Goldfish software that detects IUU illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing risk in seafood trade data.


Yarmouth, Nova Scotia

An alternative trawling net outfitted with a cable-mounted disc system that ensures the net stays open and automatically controlled to prevent contact with the seafloor. This reduces drag, further reducing carbon emissions, fuel costs, and bycatch while also increasing fisher safety.

Trygg Mat Tracking

Oslo, Norway

Data-rich and easy-to-use software that enables countries to make quick and informed decisions on who can enter their ports and what to target in their inspections to stop illegal fish landings.

Stanford Hopkins Marine Station – Block Lab

Pacific Grove, CA

Developing FAST, the Fin Alert Shark Tag, to prevent and deter illegal fishing. The tag sends an immediate alert via satellite and reports its precise location when the animal to which it is attached is caught, allowing for real-time enforcement of fishing regulations.

SafetyNet Technologies

London, England

Building LED-based systems that utilize specific wavelengths of light to either attract target species or repel unwanted species to reduce bycatch. The team is also developing new systems for fisheries data collection.

Conservation X Labs

Washington, D.C.

Developed the NABIT, which allows field identification of fish and other samples, increasing transparency, especially in the realm of seafood mislabeling and illegal fishing.


London, UK

Developing a hand-held spectrometer powered by an image-recognition algorithm that can identify fish species in real-time in order to cut down on seafood fraud.


Cape Town, South Africa

Development and deployment of software that integrates fishing data with processing plant data to provide ocean-to-market tracking that helps prevent illegal fishing and connect small businesses to larger markets.

University of Haifa

Haifa, Isreal

A swarm of low-cost underwater autonomous robots that coordinate for better acoustic detection and size estimation of fish populations.

Centro de Ciencas do Mar

Faro, Portugal

A redesigned fishing net, developed in partnership with fishers that could reduce bycatch in certain squid and other fisheries by 40%, reducing net damage and protecting sensitive habitats.

FishEye Collaborative

Arlington, VA

In partnership with Cornell University, FishEye Collaborative is developing technology and techniques that will empower the use of passive acoustic monitoring for near-shore fisheries and MPAs.

Ocean Aero

Gulfpor, MIssissippi

Ocean Aero, ThayerMahan, and the Allen Institute for AI have teamed up to improve the detection, interdiction, and prosecution of Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) fishing activities.

Arizona State University

Tempe, Arizona

Low-cost lights, powered by solar energy, that easily hook onto fishing nets and reduce bycatch of threatened species, including sea turtles and sharks.

WildAid Marine

San Francisco, CA

An app that provides accurate fishing and vessel data to rangers to deter illegal fishing in marine areas and better protect marine wildlife and the coastal communities that depend on them.

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For a full list of partners both past and present, visit the Schmidt Marine Partner Directory.

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