We are thrilled to announce the 1st Place Winner of the Bureau of Ocean and Energy Management’s (BOEM’s) Better Call Trawl Challenge! 

The first place, $20,000 prize goes to Ovidiu Dobre for his submission “TOP - Trawling Optimization Platform!” Ovidiu will also be receiving the $2,500 prize for the Best Trawling Recommendation. Congratulations, Ovidiu!

BOEM is excited by the insights and recommendations provided by Ovidiu’s solution and looks forward to continuing to explore the best methods for reducing injury to sea turtles during dredging operations.