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EDF’s Smart Boat Initiative Releases Requests for Proposals to Engage in Technology Pilots

Environmental Defense Fund recently released Requests for Proposals for four pilot projects based in the Western U.S. and Alaska. These pilots aim to demonstrate the efficiency, efficacy, and practical implications of various ‘smart’ technologies for solving common fishery challenges. Details of the pilots follow:

Underwater Smart Cameras to Enable Real Time Bycatch Avoidance

Point of contact: Christopher Cusack ( ccusack@edf.org )Term: June 1st, 2019 to September 15th, 2019 with possible extensionFull RFP: [ link ]

  • Work with EDF and fishermen partners to design, implement, and test a set of AI tools and physical technologies to improve the automatic identification of real time bycatch in trawl fisheries
  • Analyze existing video footage to quantify the potential of an AI protocol to automatically identify salmon in the Alaska pollock fishery
  • Provide, install, and maintain… Read More »

  • RFP: Machine Vision for Speciation and Enumeration of Discarded Catch in the West Coast Groundfish Trawl Fishery

    EDF is seeking a suitably qualified technology and services provider to work with us and our fishermen partners to design, implement, and test a ‘smart’ catch handling protocol in the West Coast groundfish bottom trawl fishery that focuses on the development of a machine vision algorithm that is capable of identifying and counting discarded species in the fishery. Working with one fisherman partner based out of Warrenton, Oregon, the provider will co-design a catch handling protocol which will enable the integration of a camera-based machine vision system into the process. The project partner already has a working conveyor belt that is part of the existing catch handling process and we therefore expect there to be minimal alteration of this physical… Read More »


    RFP: Underwater Smart Cameras to Enable Real Time Bycatch Avoidance

    Environmental Defense Fund Smart Boat Initiative

    Request for Proposals: 2019 Fisheries Electronic Technology Service Provider UNDERWATER SMART CAMERAS TO ENABLE REAL TIME BYCATCH AVOIDANCE (PHASE 1) DATE: April 17th, 2019 POINT OF CONTACT: Christopher Cusack; ccusack@edf.org

    EDF is seeking a suitably qualified technology and services provider (provider) to work with us and our fishermen partners to design, implement, and test a set of AI tools and physical technologies that improve the automatic identification of real time bycatch in trawl fisheries. This project encompasses the work outlined in phase 1 in the previous section: the proof of concept and efficacy test for the development of AI for the underwater identification of bycatch species entering or passing through a trawl net. We… Read More »


    RFP: Wireless Activity Recognition

    Environmental Defense Fund Smart Boat Initiative

    Request for Proposals: 2019 Fisheries Electronic Technology Service Provider DATE: April 18th, 2019 POINT OF CONTACT: Christopher Cusack; ccusack@edf.org

    EDF is seeking a suitably qualified technology and services provider (provider) to work with us and our fishermen partners to design, implement, and test a set of physical technologies, data management protocols, and data analysis methodologies that improve the efficiency of the data storage, transmission, management, and analysis process on the West Coast of the U.S. Leveraging the existing data management protocol as a point of reference we aim to conduct a rigorous economic (costs, time implications) and technical (accuracy, consistency) comparison of a next generation system, one that includes these three attributes:

    1) Wireless… Read More »


    RFP: Rockfish Hook & Line EM Pilot

    Environmental Defense Fund Smart Boat Initiative

    Request for Proposals: 2019 Electronic Technology Service Provider Rockfish Hook and Line Electronic Monitoring Pilot (Phase 1) Date: April 18, 2019 Point of Contact: Melissa Mahoney, Policy Manager, US Oceans/Pacific; mmahoney@edf.org

    EDF is seeking a provider to install, deploy and service EM systems for a pilot project with small (30’ or less) Open Access or LE Fixed gear vessels in the Monterey Bay area of central California. These vessels are part of an Exempted Fishing Permit (EFP) approved by the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) and granted by NOAA Fisheries in January 2019.

    The EFP allows for fishing with mid-water horizontal line gear that is ‘flown’ (trolled) inside an area… Read More »