How can light protect life below water?

SafetyNet creates light-emitting devices to support commercial fishing practices by allowing fishermen to select the fish they are wishing to attract. The technology that is built and tested by SafetyNet aims to overcome the global issue of overfishing.

Waste not, want not

Between 8% and 25% of species captured are discarded – this translates into over 27 million tons of fish wasted each year. The technology designed by SafetyNet aims to guard against such stark figures in the hope that life below water can be preserved.

Visual stimuli

SafetyNet has been testing and developing the effect of light-based visual stimuli on different types of fish. As a result, they have been able to create a flexible device that can be fitted to any type of fishing equipment. This, therefore, allows fishermen to select the fish they wish to attract meaning they are not having to discard any fish that fall outside of their desirable criteria.

Marine Ecosystems

Global NGO Oceana estimates that the cost of discarded fish to be around $1 billion per year. SafetyNet is safeguarding and protecting against the discarding of juvenile and endangered fish which in turn is helping to ensure sustainable marine ecosystems.

This story shows how SafetyNet supports Goal 14: Life Below Water, specifically Target 14A: “Increase scientific knowledge, develop research capacity and transfer marine technology, taking into account the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Criteria and Guidelines on the Transfer of Marine Technology, in order to improve ocean health and to enhance the contribution of marine biodiversity to the development of developing countries, in particular small island developing States and least developed countries.”

About SafetyNet Technologies

Founded in 2014, SafetyNet’s primary goal is to design and build devices that will help to increase the selectivity of commercial fishing practices, which in turn will ensure the industry is sustainable.

Learn more about SafetyNet Technologies.

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