Ropeless Fishing Technology with Rob Morris of Edgetech

Continuing our look at the Right Whale and lobster fishery

Peter and Tyler welcome Rob Morris to the show to learn about ropeless fishing technologies that are currently in production and can greatly reduce the risks to Northern Atlantic Right Whales associated with fishing gear entanglements. His firm, Edgetech, offers the Ropeless Fishing System, which enables fishermen to transmit a sonic signature from their boat to a submerged trap trap. The signal releases the trap's door, and rope and buoy come to the surface where its business as usual. We learn about this system. How it works and how much it costs. And, we discuss how fisheries of all types will need to embrace new technologies as management keeps pace with climate change.

Peter Ravella & Tyler Buckingham

Peter and Tyler joined forces in 2015 and from the first meeting began discussing a project that would become Coastal News Today and the American Shoreline Podcast Network. At the time, Peter and Tyler were coastal consultants for Pete’s firm, PAR Consulting, LLC. In that role, they worked with coastal communities in Texas, Florida, and North Carolina, engaged in grant writing, coastal project development, shoreline erosion and land use planning, permitting, and financial planning for communities undertaking big beach restoration projects. Between and among their consulting tasks, they kept talking and kept building the idea of CNT & ASPN. In almost every arena they worked, public engagement played a central role. They spent thousands of hours talking with coastal stakeholders, like business owners, hotel operators, condo managers, watermen, property owners, enviros, surfers, and fishermen. They dived deep into the value, meaning, and responsibility for the American shoreline, segment-by-segment. Common threads emerged, themes were revealed, differences uncovered. There was a big conversation going on along the American shoreline! But, no place to have it. That's where CNT and ASPN were born.