Committed

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

WHAT WE DO
Smelts has developed a patent pending ropeless lobster retrieval and marking technology that allows 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

We prototype, test and build  working devices to be taken to the sea for full scale testing

Set and Haul

We work with fishermen to use our gear and we gather input from industry and regulators in order to create an easy to use device

Entangled

An award-winning, feature-length film about how climate change has accelerated a collision between one of the world’s most endangered species, North America’s most valuable fishery, and a federal agency mandated to protect both. The film, by the makers of Lobster War and Sacred Cod, won a Jackson Wild award, known as the Oscars of nature films. It also won Best Feature Film at the International Wildlife Film Festival, Best Conservation Film at the International Ocean Film Festival, and the John de Graaf Environmental Filmmaking Award at the Wild & Scenic Film Festival.

Entangled.com

Our

Mission

We are committed researching and developing new technologies 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 with locations in Bellingham Washington and Plymouth Massachusetts.

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 and VP OF
RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT, LEAD ENGINEER
Ann Marie Riels
PRESIDENT
Co-Founder
Kevin Rand
DIRECTOR OF EAST COAST OPERATIONS
Art Balzotti
Art director
Stephanie Norman
BOARD MEMBER
Cindy Elliser
BOARD MEMBER

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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