Agriculture, Research

British Scientists Discover Bright Lights Enable Low-Impact Scallop Fishing

British Scientists Discover Bright Lights Enable Low-Impact Scallop Fishing


Scientists from Fishtek Marine, a manufacturer of sustainable fishing gear, had a surprise discovery. Bright lights that they added to crab pots to catch more crabs instead attracted loads of scallops. The scallops swam into the traps to get to the lights.

Traditional scallop fishing involves dredging the bottom of the ocean, causing considerable marine floor damage. The new lights-in-crab-pot method would be a much lower-impact form of scallop fishing.

A Vimeo video of “scallop potting” can be viewed here.

The NPR story recording can be found here.

The scientists’ research paper can be found here.

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David Shiller
David Shiller is the Publisher of LightNOW, and President of Lighting Solution Development, a North American consulting firm providing business development services to advanced lighting manufacturers. The ALA awarded David the Pillar of the Industry Award. David has co-chaired ALA’s Engineering Committee since 2010. David established MaxLite’s OEM component sales into a multi-million dollar division. He invented GU24 lamps while leading ENERGY STAR lighting programs for the US EPA. David has been published in leading lighting publications, including LD+A, enLIGHTenment Magazine, LEDs Magazine, and more.


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