Dyson Awards SafetyNet – LED Rings Help Small Fish Escape to Limit Overfishing

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     Dan Watson is the developer of the “SafetyNet”, a fishing net that includes exit rings for younger or smaller fish to escape.  The design was recently awarded first place and £10,000 in this year’s James Dyson Awards.  Dan designed the SafetyNet to “make commercial fishing more sustainable by significantly decreasing the numbers of non-target and juvenile fish caught during the trawling process.”  The light rings work very well for guiding the fish out of the net, and is powered by the kinetic energy of the net! That means NO batteries are required for the SafetyNet.

     The James Dyson Award is presented annually to designers with promising ideas such as the SafetyNet.  In addition to the £10,000 for Dan and his SafetyNet development, Dyson also awarded £10,000 to the Royal College of Arts in London, where Dan studied Design Engineering.

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