May 17, 2020

004 Dr. Ben Sullivan - Smart design lets Hookpod save seabirds, from beer coaster to the high seas!

004 Dr. Ben Sullivan - Smart design lets Hookpod save seabirds, from beer coaster to the high seas!

Hundreds of thousands of seabirds are not killed each year due to a smart gadget!


Dr. Ben Sullivan is a biologist based in Hobart, Australia, who has an interest in reducing the harm the global fishing industry does to non-target species, particularly albatross.

Find out about the work it takes to develop a great idea to be fit for market, and the work it takes to have it accepted by a global industry.  Ben explains how the Hookpod works, and quantifies how seabird deaths caused by the global fishing industry are counted, and the impact his device has had on these deaths.

Ben shares his favourite bird, his favourite location where he has been and the top location on his wishlist, one shared by many hardy birder and researcher.

If you want to help expand the use of Hookpod, and save even more of the seabirds roaming the oceans, you can Sponsor a Hook, which helps a fishing vessel, somewhere in the world, equip themselves to upgrade to using Hookpods. The albatross will be thankful. Do this at hookpod.com.

Find out more about the work Ben does at Fishtekmarine.com and on Twitter, and check out the latest about Hookpod at Hookpod.com and at their Twitter.

Currently trying to get some eyes and subscribers on The Bird Emergency on YouTube, so I can put a bit more effort into the video side of things, so if you would like more visual content, please subscribe, and I will watch with interest if that's what you want!