UK designer invents emergency exits for fishing nets
Dan Watson, a graduate from the Glasgow School of Art, invented a solution to increase selectivity of trawl nets. He developed rings that fit into the cod-end of the nets –where fish are kept– and, acting as "emergency escape signs", guide juveniles and most common by-catches to safety.
The SafetyNet project is amongst the finalists from 17 other countries for the international James Dyson Award.
Commissioner Maria Damanaki commented: "The elimination of discards is a key-element of the proposal I have tabled to reform the EU Common Fisheries Policy. To achieve this goal, we need a shared commitment of all interested actors and we need smart, innovative solutions that can help us solve this problem in practice."