[MARMAM] Only several weeks remaining to submit entry for the 2011 International Smart Gear Design Competition to Reduce Fisheries Bycatch

Brian, Susanna Susanna.Brian at wwfus.org
Tue Aug 9 05:27:30 PDT 2011

Only several weeks remaining to submit entry for the 2011 International Smart Gear Design Competition to Reduce Fisheries Bycatch

Fisherman, Backyard Inventors and Students Encouraged to Submit Entries

Only several weeks remain to submit entries to the 2011 International Smart Gear Competition<http://www.smartgear.org>.  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Fondation Segré, ISSF, and the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans are supporting the 2011 competition which rewards innovative ways to reduce the fisheries bycatch and is open to anyone from fisherman to backyard inventors and students until August 31, 2011.

The 2011 International Smart Gear Competition is offering a grand prize of $30,000 and two $10,000 runner-up prizes. Additionally, in partnership with the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF), the competition is offering a $7,500 special tuna prize that will be awarded to the idea that will reduce the amount of bycatch found in tuna fisheries. Tuna sustainability is the top WWF global fisheries conservation priority.

Since its launch in 2004, the Smart Gear competition has grown more competitive with the winning entries gaining traction with many fisheries around the world. Flexi Grids, which won in 2006, are now mandatory in blue whiting fisheries in the Faroe Islands, and are used in an increasing number of countries all over the world. A winning idea from 2007, a net designed to reduce the bycatch of cod, "The Eliminator" is now being used by more than a dozen fishermen in the northeastern U.S. haddock fishery, as well as being adopted by the EU as a mandatory measure in cod bycatch reduction under certain conditions. Vessels throughout the U.K are also using a modified version of the net.

The International Smart Gear Competition has demonstrated that conservation and industry can successfully work together to identify and eventually implement solutions to bycatch issues in different types of fisheries around the world.

The competition is open until 31 August 2011.  Employees, agents, current contractors, and relatives of employees of WWF are ineligible. Judges and relatives of judges are also ineligible. The competition is void where prohibited. Odds depend on number of entries received. No purchase is necessary.

For more information, official competition rules and instructions on how to enter, visit www.smartgear.org<http://www.smartgear.org>
Or Contact:
International Smart Gear Competition
c/o Mike Osmond
World Wildlife Fund
171 Forest Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301
smartgear at smartgear.org<mailto:smartgear at smartgear.org>

Posted by:

Susanna Wingard Brian
Fisheries Program Officer
World Wildlife Fund
1250 24th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20037-1193
Office: 202-495-4703 ext. 703
susanna.brian at wwfus.org<mailto:email at wwfus.org>

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