to research and development of technologies that reduce harmful interactions between humans
and marine life
We look at many different types of technologies that can be used to create the most durable, and easy-to-use gear
We prototype, test and build working devices to be taken to the sea for full scale testing
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
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.
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.