Fishtek was established in 1999 by Pete Kibel (Fishery Biologist) and Ben Kibel (Engineer), with the aim of developing technological solutions to marine bycatch issues. In 2009 Dr. Ben Sullivan joined the management team to provide specialist technical input. Bycatch is a significant problem
affecting fisheries and threatens a wide range of marine life including
sea birds, turtles, sharks and cetaceans. Smart fishing using dedicated
technology has the potential to prevent much of this Bycatch and
safeguard a number of critically endangered species.
Fishtek has focused on a range of technological approaches to reduce
bycatch, in pelagic longline, gill net and line fisheries.
Fishtek has worked collaboratively with a broad range of research partners including Birdlife International, The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, the Australian Antarctic Division, NOAA Fisheries, Sea Fish Authority, Australian Fisheries Management Authority and New Zealand Fisheries Conservation.
Current projects include the Safe Lead, Hook Pod and Acoustic Pinger.