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Marine Tech Talk

Feb 19, 2020

On the debut episode of Marine Tech Talk, host Melissa Rossi speaks with Captain Richard Riels, the founder and director of Sea Mammal Education Learning Technology Society (SMELTS).

Richard’s passion for marine mammals, and in particular the negative events associated with entanglement by fishing gear, have led to his innovative lineless lobster traps, which incorporates Teledyne Benthos Accoustic communication equipment.

Richard explains his technology, his vision and the hurdles that must be overcome in order to replace a 200-year-old method of fishing with his new ropeless technology that could benefit both marine mammals and the fishing industry.