About SmartCatch

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The SmartCatch mission is to create innovative, durable products that support commercial fishermen. By providing sophisticated technology and tools to enable business to unparalleled success, SmartCatch is working to transform the landscape of what is possible in commercial fishing. Fishermen deserve a new industry standard, and SmartCatch is the company setting the bar.


Rob Terry
Rob TerryCTO / Founder
Senior Level Technology Leader at; Whole Foods, UCSF Medical, Xerox PARC, PC World, LogiGear, Silicon Graphics and Cnet.

Over two decades of comprehensive expertise in designing and building sophisticated commercial hardware and software technology products. Extensive experience in developing enterprise level eCommerce systems, information rich corporate websites, scalable content management systems, automated quality assurance testing products, digital video, recognition technologies, and high capacity information networks.

Dr. Juergen Jung
Dr. Juergen JungVP Engineering
Juergen has had a twenty-year career in the scientific research, development, and implementation of micro-optics, electronics, and robotic mechanisms for life sciences and optical physics. He holds multiple patents, publications, and award-winning implementations in academics and industry. Juergen holds an MS EE from the University of Stuttgart, and a PhD from the University of Oxford.
Captain TJ Durnan
Captain TJ DurnanDirector - Off-Shore Development
25 year veteran of Alaska’s Bering Sea trawl fisheries and captain of a 170′ freezer trawler. TJ is at the forefront of many sustainability initiatives and he brings extensive hands on experience with the challenges presented in rugged offshore environments. His vessel is one of the primary testing platforms for DigiCatch.


Michael Gittelsohn
Michael GittelsohnSoftware Development
Software Engineer, comprehensive expertise developing high-end software applications and backend databases analysis and design.
Captain Mike Retherford
Captain Mike RetherfordTrawler Fleet Owner, F/V Excalibur, F/V Winona J
West Coast Fishery expert based out of Newport, Oregon. Fishing Captain from Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch: Dungeon Cove. Built a legacy family fishing business over the last 34 years. Regarded internationally as a thought leader and technology pioneer in sustainable fishing. The Excalibur serves as an NOAA research ship.
Bill Kirkwood
Bill KirkwoodKey Technical Advisor - SubSea Equipment
Senior Research and Development Engineer at MBARI, (Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute). Expert in electromechanical and sub-sea equipment design and fabrication.
Ana Pitchon, Ph.D.
Ana Pitchon, Ph.D.Fisheries Anthropologist
Fisheries and marine policy expert and ethnographic liaison to fishing partners, fisheries managers and industry. Twenty years of applied research and projects in academia and with U.S., South American and European governments focused on fisheries policy, aquaculture and coastal community development. Specializations include product and market development, innovations in sustainable seafood and the intersection of technology in human ecosystems.
Corey Peet
Corey PeetKey Technical Advisor - Science and Policy
Conservation research with deep experience working with government, industry, NGOs, and First Nations. Specialties: Scientific research, multi-stakeholder negotiation, media communications, community outreach, and project management.
Sara Skamser
Sara SkamserKey Technical Advisor - Fishing Nets
Owner, ‘Foulweather Trawl’, Newport Oregon, premier fishing net and diverter company – expert in trawl-net diverters and industrial fishing nets.