8-30 percent of fixed fishing gear is lost each year (worldwide) to propeller damage, storms/currents dragging below the ocean surface, and competitor sabotage. Additionally, traps left behind on the ocean floor can continue to ghost-fish for years. Fishers bear the costs of replacing their frequently lost/damaged gear and the opportunity costs associated with waiting for replacement government tags.
To address these issues and prevent potential gear overlay, Ashored is developing ATLAS, an intuitive suite of software and hardware that tracks the location, inventory, connection, and ownership of a user’s fishing gear. Super Tags, Smart Tags, and sensor arrays collect data and ATLAS+ software automates and displays this information in a convenient and actionable manner.