SMELTS Education & Outreach



April 2018

Richard was invited to The International Whaling Commission correspondence group for IWC Bycatch Mitigation Initiative.  Richard will be involved in the inititiative with the following duties: commenting on near final drafts, providing guidance on specific topics, be invited to workshops, meetings, and draw out linkages and synergies as appropraite between IWC Bycatch Mitigation Initiative and the science and stewardship activities of other fora and IGOs in which Richard participates.

March 2018

Richard presented at the Sixth International Marine Debris Conference in San Diego, California. His presentation included examining the functional utility of Line-Less fishing.

February 2018

Richard was invited to Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution to present SMELTS Line-Less fishing technology and join a consortium to develop with fishermen, regulatory agencies, scientists, engineers, marine biologists, and funding experts. Learn more at

October 2017

Richard and Daniel presented at the Society Marine Mammalogy in Halifax, Nova Scotia on Crab Raft.



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