PROTECTING OUR SEAS AGINST GHOST
GEAR WHILST PROTECTING FISHERMEN'S LIVELIHOODS.
See Buoy. See Profit. See Clean Seas.
See Buoy has been developed to prevent the loss of fishing equipment, known as ‘ghost gear’. Using wave technology See Buoy emits a high frequency light to ensure fishing equipment is visible at sea. Integrated into fishermen’s working environment, See Buoy ensures protection of costly equipment and marine life, ending the cruel cycle of ghost gear polluting our oceans.
Witnessing the fishing industry first hand opened my eyes to the need for design intervention to protect our seas.
Under the sea, an environment we never see is a world we destroy
daily. Scotland’s seafood industry is critical to our economy, as is our
environment. However, the industry is inadvertently polluting and
destroying our ocean through discarded and lost fishing equipment,
referred to as ghost gear. The heart of the issue lies above sea level. Buoys lack visibility. Large fishing vessels and passenger ferries
collide with buoys detaching equipment. As a result, plastic equipment is abandoned. Catch in creels become bait and creates a vicious cycle of trapping and killing.