Inventions That Will Save Marine Life: SafetyNet

Written by on September 29, 2014 in Fish, Technology

Nets That Save Fish

Back in 2012, the SafetyNet won the UK’s James Dyson Award for designing “something that solves a problem.” The problem? Bycatch. The solution? Glowing escape rings.

Bycatch, the accidental or unwanted catch of non-target species or target species that are too small, is a big problem in the commercial fishing industry. Nets aren’t equipped with escape routes for those unwanted animals, but the SafetyNet is different. It is fitted with plenty of escape rings that allow undersized fish to swim free. The rings harvest their own energy and can even help keep nets open.

Check out this great piece from Ensia about the SafetyNet and watch the following video to learn more.

Copyright © 2014 by Marine Science Today, a publication of Marine Science Today LLC.

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About the Author: Emily Tripp is the Publisher and Editor of She holds marine science and biology degrees from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and a Master of Advanced Studies degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. When she's not writing about marine science, she's probably running around outside or playing with her dog. .


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