A creation designed to make fishing more sustainable–emergency exits for fishing nets–has won the UK’s James Dyson Award. The award runs in 18 countries where each nation has a winner who then competes on the international level. The goal of the award is to “design something that solves a problem.”
“The devices fit into trawl nets and they cut down on the bycatch of juvenile fish and also the wrong species of fish,” explained Watson in an interview with the BBC.
Important features of the SafetyNet:
- Rings harvest their own energy
- Lights are only activated once the net reaches a certain depth
- Help keep the nets open
You can read more about Waton’s Project here: SafetyNet emergency exits for fish win Dyson award.
The International finalists will be announced on Thursday, October 18 and the winner will be announced on Thursday, November 8.
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