An Old Tonbridgian’s award-winning start up is hoping to revolutionise the fishing industry with its groundbreaking technology.
Dan Watson’s (OH 99-04) SafetyNet Technologies uses lights to attract and repel fish, thus meaning fishermen catch more of the fish they able to sell and are dramatically less likely to catch the wrong type or fish that are too small.
Now the company is looking for increased support, through a crowdfunding campaign, to get the innovative device into fishermen’s hands.
This patented piece of technology the team call PISCES, aims to take fishing to new dimensions and has huge potential to make the fishing industry more sustainable.
PISCES reduces ‘bycatch’ by up to 90%. What makes this technology even better is that, within just one day, fishermen will have made their money back due to the extra fish they can now sell.
Dan and the SafetyNet team have won countless awards for their technology, most recently winning at ‘Pitch@Palace’ and before that the James Dyson Award, Hello Tomorrow and The Observer Ethical Business Award.
Funded to date by Youngs Seafood, the James Dyson Award, Sir Richard Branson and Eric & Wendy Schmidt, SafetyNet have completed their proof of concept and are now ready to expand into batch production.
This will enable them, with their scientific and industry partners, to explore new trials with other fish species in fisheries around the globe.
Dan said: “I’ve been working on SafetyNet for eight years and we’ve made some really exciting progress and learned a lot during that time. We’ve worked hard because we see a real need for this technology, but we couldn’t have done it without our supporters.
“We’re now asking for one final push to help us bridge the gap between proof of concept and a device that can be used by many more people to accelerate the science and begin having a widespread positive impact.”
David Parker, Head of CSR and Marine Biologist for Young Seafood said: “The results of this research are very encouraging and we now hope that the industry, Government and other organisations will come together to support further trials.
“Having been out on the trawler during the research and having seen the technology in action, I believe this innovation could have a positive impact on the industry and the future of fishing.”
The SafetyNet team have created a crowdfunding campaign with a selection of rewards available for backers, from vouchers at Master Chef winning restaurant chain Wahaca and limited edition artistic prints from Dutch artist Sue van Gageldonk, to more humorous rewards, such as fish jokes. There is also the opportunity to be credited on their scientific papers.
To join SafetyNet in their quest to make the fishing industry more sustainable and claim your reward (between 16th May 16 and 23rd June) visit https://igg.me/at/PISCES