Bo Liu, Bridget Benson
As a competitive college angler competing for Cal Poly in Western United States, club vice president for the Cal Poly Fishing Club and local tournament angler I have seen fishing tournament format stay stagnant as technology has expanded exponentially in the 21st century. Seeing flaws in tournament fishing format and fish handling has lead us to apply our mechanical, electrical and computer programming coursework to introduce a solution. Our project aims to set aside all of the current tournament format’s imposed stressors on fish by designing and creating a wireless smart fishing scale and network. This scale and network will result in a new tournament format that will now allow for fish to be caught and released directly back to where they were caught in seconds. It is our hope that this scale will save hundreds of thousands of fish annually and give new life to the fishing industry, consequently improving angling recruitment, conservation and retention across all age levels. It is critical that engineering and technology be congruent with wildlife conservation and the longevity of our country’s vast natural resources. “We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.”- Aldo Leopold 1949
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