Winners of the International Smart Gear competition were announced today, including the special East African regional prize funded in part by the Lemelson Foundation. The competition aims to "inspire and reward practical, innovative fishing gear designs that reduce bycatch - the accidental catch and related deaths of sea turtles, birds, marine mammals, cetaceans and non-target fish species in fishing gear such as longlines and nets."
About the International Smart Gear Competition
The International Smart Gear Competition was created by World Wildlife Fund and a diverse range of partners in May 2004 to bring together fishermen, fisheries, policy and science to find solutions to reduce the unnecessary decline of vulnerable species due to bycatch. The first Smart Gear Competition drew more than 50 entries from 16 countries. This year the competition drew 71 entries from 27 countries, including Peru, Uruguay, French Guiana, and the Ukraine.