WWF and its partners created the SmartGear Competition to inspire innovative, practical, cost-effective ideas that allow fishermen to "fish smarter" – to better target their intended catch while reducing bycatch. The competition awards cash prizes for the best idea to reduce bycatch, which is the leading threat to many marine mammals, sea turtles, seabirds, and certain fish species. The 2007 International SmartGear Competition will award a $30,000 Grand Prize and two $10,000 Runner-Up Prizes.Entry Deadline: July 31, 2007
The competition is open to all – fishermen, gear manufacturers, teachers, students, engineers, scientists, and backyard inventors. Visit www.smartgear.org for entry materials and to learn about the winning ideas from the first two competitions.