$30,000 Grand Prize and Two $10,000 Runner-Up Prizes
Designed to inspire innovative ideas for environmentally-friendly fishing gear, the fourth International Smart Gear Competition was launched on January 27th 2009. The completion is searching for new designs for fishing devices that reduce bycatch, real-world fishing solutions that allow fishermen to fish 'smarter' by better targeting their intended catch while safeguarding the dolphins, sea turtles and other marine life often caught unintentionally.
The competition is open to eligible entrants from any profession, including fishermen, professional gear manufacturers, teachers, students, engineers, scientists and backyard inventors, offering anyone a chance to win. The winner of the WWF International Smart Gear Competition will be decided by a diverse set of judges, including fishermen, researchers, engineers and fisheries managers from all over the world.
To learn more about this competition and how to enter go to www.smartgear.org.