Ashored Innovations uses hardware and software to increase efficiencies for fishermen, while also protecting at-risk marine habitats. Ashored retrofits existing lobster and crab traps with underwater buoys that can float to the surface using acoustic release technology. Trap owners will be able to anchor their boats, select their proprietary frequency, and activate the buoy’s release to the surface. Ashored’s buoys use machine learning to collect data and make recommendations, and use geo-tracking to locate lost traps.
Crab fishing ropes run from the ocean surface to ocean floor and are causing whales to become tangled. According to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, rescuing whales is “high-risk” work that the Canadian government refuses to do. Ashored’s solution is an intelligent buoy system. Ashored is developing an underwater buoy that floats 2-3 metres above the traps themselves. By preventing fishing lines from running from the ocean floor to surface, whales and shipping vessels will be able to pass through fishing waters without disturbing or destroying marine habitats.
Lobster and crab traps are frequently lost in storms. At several hundred dollars per trap, these losses can be devastating for fishermen. Currently, over a quarter of a billion dollars’ worth of lobster traps are lost on the floor of the Atlantic Ocean. Ashored is building an emergency buoy retrieval system to reduce this trap loss. Coupled with the acoustic release, Ashored buoys will also be equip with a geo-tracker and pressurized time release to call buoys to the surface after a certain amount of time without being activated.
The current process for baiting, setting, and tracking lobster and crab traps is inefficient and costly. Traps are often empty when checked, and catch data is tracked in paper journals that are rarely referenced again. In addition to its acoustic release, Ashored’s intelligent buoy is being designed to use artificial intelligence to track key variables such as location, date, weather, and water temperature. By using this historical catch data, Ashored will be able to provide lobster and crab fishermen with recommendations on the most effective and efficient conditions and locations to drop their traps, thus increasing their yields and income.