SmartCatch's trawl-net soultions are cost-effective productivity products that help fishermen both maximize their intended catch and minimize harvesting non-target by-catch species.
SmartCatch products couple state-of-the-art technologies with the know-how amassed by generations of fishermen and are effective tools that support both sustainable and profitable commercial fishing.
By-Catch is Waste
For generations, fishermen have cast their nets without knowing what they will catch until the nets are hauled back on deck. A harvest may contain a lot of unintended non-target species, in other words, by-catch. At best, by-catch is time consuming and yields no profit. At worst, by-catch can actually cost the fisherman money in fines and lost revenue.
Reduce Waste and Increase Profitability
SmartCatch's solutions make fishing more profitable because they help fishermen reduce by-catch, avoid fines for catching out-of-season or endangered species and lessen the risk of triggering early fisheries closure from large amounts of unintended catches. SmartCatch technologies essentially gives fishermen both eyes and hands inside of their trawl-nets
DigiCatch is a real-time remotely controllable HD video, lighting and sensor system that gives you eyes inside your net and allows you to virtually see in the dark in order to monitor your trawl.
With restrictive quotas, rising costs and shrinking profit margins, to be profitable it is essential for you to stay in control of your catch. Take the guesswork out of your tow and achieve new levels of control over your fishing gear. DigiCatch will help you to increase your efficiency, avoid by-catch and optimize your harvest.
a pre-catch release system for trawl-net fishermen
a centralized data hub with hosting solutions for fishermen
DigiCatch generates data about a catch that can be relayed securely to a data cloud.
Fleet owners can remotely access relavant information in order to:
SmartCatch is focused on creating innovative products that support sustainable commercial fishing. SmartCatch is committed to developing innovative, cost-effective products designed to help fishermen increase their profitability and lighten their ecological impact.
Senior Level Technology Leader at; Whole Foods, UCSF Medical, Xerox PARC, PC World, LogiGear, Silicon Graphics and Cnet.
Over two decades of comprehensive expertise in designing and building sophisticated commercial hardware and software technology products. Extensive experience in developing enterprise-eCommerce systems, information rich corporate websites, scalable content management systems, automated quality assurance testing products, digital video, recognition technologies, and high capacity information networks.
Early stage executive and entrepreneur with background in sales/marketing and engineering. Successfully launched three companies
25 year veteran of Alaska's Bering Sea trawl fisheries and captain of a 170' freezer trawler. TJ is at the forefront of many sustainability initiatives and he brings extensive hands on experience with the challenges presented in rugged offshore environments. His vessel is one of the primary testing platforms for DigiCatch.
Software Engineer, comprehensive expertise developing high-end software applications and backend databases analysis and design.
Conservation research with deep experience working with government, industry, NGOs, and First Nations. Specialties: Scientific research, multi-stakeholder negotiation, media communications, community outreach, and project management.
Senior Research and Development Engineer at MBARI, (Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute). Expert in electromechanical and sub-sea equipment design and fabrication.
Owner, 'Foulweather Trawl', Newport Oregon, premier fishing net and diverter company - expert in trawl-net diverters and industrial fishing nets.
Newport Oregon, industrial tralwler DigiCatch trials