Below is a selection of the technology projects Schmidt Marine supports, organized according to our four focus areas.

Habitat Health:

ORCA, the Ocean Research and Conservation Association, is experimenting with a low-cost pollution sensor that can help identify coastal waters most in need of study with the group’s more elaborate Kilroy sensor packages. Their overall goal is to apply these technologies to the identification of key pollution sources. Fort Pierce, FL.

ORCA, the Ocean Research and Conservation Association, is experimenting with a low-cost pollution sensor that can help identify coastal waters most in need of study with the group’s more elaborate Kilroy sensor packages. Their overall goal is to apply these technologies to the identification of key pollution sources. Fort Pierce, FL.

DISCO is a diver-operated submersible chemiluminescent sensor for oxygen radicals and other fleeting marine chemicals, previously difficult (or impossible), to measure in situ. Colleen Hansel is working with other scientists and engineers at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution to build and validate the system, which she will initially use to explore the role of oxygen radicals in coral health and bleaching. Woods Hole, MA

DISCO is a diver-operated submersible chemiluminescent sensor for oxygen radicals and other fleeting marine chemicals, previously difficult (or impossible), to measure in situ. Colleen Hansel is working with other scientists and engineers at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution to build and validate the system, which she will initially use to explore the role of oxygen radicals in coral health and bleaching. Woods Hole, MA

Tom Manning, a professor at Valdosta State University, is working on artificial reef restoration. In tandem with Florida State University professor Dr. Sandra Brooke, Manning’s team is developing a substrate that can be injected into concrete to attract coral and oyster larvae and stimulate growth. Valdosta, GA.

Tom Manning, a professor at Valdosta State University, is working on artificial reef restoration. In tandem with Florida State University professor Dr. Sandra Brooke, Manning’s team is developing a substrate that can be injected into concrete to attract coral and oyster larvae and stimulate growth. Valdosta, GA.

    

    

Sustaining Fisheries:

Conservation X Labs is working on a handheld DNA Barcoder that will allow field identification of fish or other samples within a few hours. The technology leverages genetic species indicators identified through the Barcode of Life program to increase transparency, especially in the realm of illegal fishing and seafood mislabeling. Washington, D.C.

Conservation X Labs is working on a handheld DNA Barcoder that will allow field identification of fish or other samples within a few hours. The technology leverages genetic species indicators identified through the Barcode of Life program to increase transparency, especially in the realm of illegal fishing and seafood mislabeling. Washington, D.C.

Pelagic Data Systems produces a solar-powered, low-cost monitoring system for small fishing vessels that combats illegal fishing by tracking activity, while also providing direct benefits to fishers such as enabling them to certify catches as sustainable. They are also building an associated fishing gear tracking tag aimed at preventing trap and net losses that cause major environmental damage.  San Francisco, CA.

Pelagic Data Systems produces a solar-powered, low-cost monitoring system for small fishing vessels that combats illegal fishing by tracking activity, while also providing direct benefits to fishers such as enabling them to certify catches as sustainable. They are also building an associated fishing gear tracking tag aimed at preventing trap and net losses that cause major environmental damage.  San Francisco, CA.

SafetyNet Technologies is building sophisticated LED systems that exploit the natural attraction of different fish to specific colors of light. They will use the systems in various configurations to reduce fishing by-catch by either attracting specific species, or creating attractive escape paths for non-target species or animals that are too small. London, England.

SafetyNet Technologies is building sophisticated LED systems that exploit the natural attraction of different fish to specific colors of light. They will use the systems in various configurations to reduce fishing by-catch by either attracting specific species, or creating attractive escape paths for non-target species or animals that are too small. London, England.

Sea Ranger Service trains unemployed youth for jobs monitoring marine protected areas. They are developing technology to harness FM radio signals to track and prevent illegal fishing. Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Sea Ranger Service trains unemployed youth for jobs monitoring marine protected areas. They are developing technology to harness FM radio signals to track and prevent illegal fishing. Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Enabling Ocean Research:

OpenROV designs and builds tethered underwater drones for ocean research, exploration, and recreation. Their new vehicle, the Trident, will offer unprecedented capabilities at a cost low enough to open countless new possibilities for ocean exploration. Berkeley CA.

OpenROV designs and builds tethered underwater drones for ocean research, exploration, and recreation. Their new vehicle, the Trident, will offer unprecedented capabilities at a cost low enough to open countless new possibilities for ocean exploration. Berkeley CA.

FOCE, Free Ocean Carbon Enrichment System, is a seafloor “biodome” system that is diver deployable and enables manipulation of temperature, pH, and other parameters. This will enable previously impossible studies of the effects of environmental changes on various ocean habitats.  David Kline, is working on a prototype of FOCE at Scripps Institute of Oceanography. San Diego, CA

FOCE, Free Ocean Carbon Enrichment System, is a seafloor “biodome” system that is diver deployable and enables manipulation of temperature, pH, and other parameters. This will enable previously impossible studies of the effects of environmental changes on various ocean habitats.  David Kline, is working on a prototype of FOCE at Scripps Institute of Oceanography. San Diego, CA

Seatrec has developed a method to harvest renewable energy from the sea by exploiting water column temperature gradients. This energy can power new measurement capabilities and extended functional lifespans for oceanographic research equipment such as profiling floats and gliders. Pasadena, CA  

Seatrec has developed a method to harvest renewable energy from the sea by exploiting water column temperature gradients. This energy can power new measurement capabilities and extended functional lifespans for oceanographic research equipment such as profiling floats and gliders. Pasadena, CA

 

Brian Glazer, of the University of Hawaii, is building low-cost, open source sensors to measure a range of oceanographic parameters such as sea-level, temperature, conductivity, pressure, and pH. Honolulu, HI.

Brian Glazer, of the University of Hawaii, is building low-cost, open source sensors to measure a range of oceanographic parameters such as sea-level, temperature, conductivity, pressure, and pH. Honolulu, HI.

Marine Plastic Pollution:

Ambercycle is working to prevent ocean plastic pollution by advancing recycling technology. Their process, developed by digitally evolving enzymes that breaks down PET plastic, can turn used plastic and fabric into new clothing. Berkeley, CA.

Ambercycle is working to prevent ocean plastic pollution by advancing recycling technology. Their process, developed by digitally evolving enzymes that breaks down PET plastic, can turn used plastic and fabric into new clothing. Berkeley, CA.

Biocellection is using synthetic biology to tackle plastic pollution. They focus on creating the first viable option for recycling polystyrene, including Styrofoam, to produce raw materials for textiles. San Jose, CA.

Biocellection is using synthetic biology to tackle plastic pollution. They focus on creating the first viable option for recycling polystyrene, including Styrofoam, to produce raw materials for textiles. San Jose, CA.

Ethan Edson of Northeastern University, in collaboration with Mark Patterson, is building MantaRay, the first automated microplastic sensor. MantraRay will work on multiple platforms, including autonomous underwater vehicles and buoys, and will provide much needed data to illuminate a poorly understood issue in ocean pollution. Nahant, MA.

Ethan Edson of Northeastern University, in collaboration with Mark Patterson, is building MantaRay, the first automated microplastic sensor. MantraRay will work on multiple platforms, including autonomous underwater vehicles and buoys, and will provide much needed data to illuminate a poorly understood issue in ocean pollution. Nahant, MA.

The Rozalia Project is building a microfiber catcher called that can be used in washing machines and prevents microfibers from reaching the ocean. Granville, VT.    

The Rozalia Project is building a microfiber catcher called that can be used in washing machines and prevents microfibers from reaching the ocean. Granville, VT.