Committed

to research & development of technologies that reduce harmful interactions between humans
& marine life.

WHAT WE DO
Smelts has developed a patent pending ropeless lobster retrieval and marking technology that allows for fishermen to fish, and whales to live without the danger of entanglement.
Research

We look at many different types of technologies that can be used to create the most durable, and easy to use gear.

Development

Protoyping, testing, and building  working devices to be taken to the sea for full scale testing.

Set and Haul

Working with fishermen to use our gear. Gathering input from industry and regulators in order to create an easy to use device.

Our

Mission

We are committed to performing research and developing of new technology for rescue and prevention of harmful human interaction on marine life.  We strive to educate communities on how to be stewards of the environment by focusing on the ocean and its global importance to life on Earth.

Who We Are

SMELTS is a 501 (C) (3)
non-profit located in Washington State.

We are creating Marine Mammal Interaction prevention technologies. Our focus is on eliminating entanglement in active fishing gear of large whales, pinnipeds, endangered sea turtles and basking sharks.

We are also invested in the reduction of bycatch from Abandoned, Lost, Derelict Fishing Gear (ALDFG). We strive to educate our community on human interaction with sensitive groups of at risk species.

Our Team

Captain Richard Riels
Founder, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR & VP OF
RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT, LEAD ENGINEER
Ann Marie Riels
PRESIDENT
Co-Founder
Kevin Rand
DIRECTOR OF EAST COAST OPERATIONS
DANIEL GREENBERG
ENGINEER & DEVELOPER
Art Balzotti
Art director

Some of our Collaborators

Contact Us

Let’s Work Together
Feel free to connect with us if you have questions about our work, are interested in learning more or want to help make a difference for marine life for generations to come.

1003 Iowa Heights Road
Sedro Woolley, WA 98284

(360) 303-9338
info@Smelts.org

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