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April 02, 2009

Competition offers large cash prizes for ideas that reduce bycatch

Competition offers large cash prizes for ideas that reduce bycatch
By Noaa

World Wildlife Fund's fourth International Smart Gear Competition, designed to inspire innovative ideas for environmentally-friendly fishing gear, is underway. The competition invites new designs for fishing devices that allow fishermen to fish 'smarter' by better targeting their intended catch while safeguarding dolphins, sea turtles and other marine life that is caught unintentionally. The competition is open to all professions, including fishermen, professional gear manufacturers, teachers, students, engineers, scientists and backyard inventors. A $30,000 Grand Prize and two $10,000 runner-up prizes will be awarded. Learn more at www.smartgear.org.