Do we need a line-less crab pot?

Whether by ocean storms, incorrect line to depth ratios, strong currents or other factors, every day crab pots are lost to the sea and typically not recovered. This loss effects the profitability of the fishing communities and is a major source of marine debris. Countless marine animals are injured and killed from interactions with lines when they swim through them and become entangled. This ‘Bycatch’ (the capturing or entanglement of a species that was not being targeted for fishing) is a major environmental and economical problem that can be remedied with line less pot technology. Ghost gear, the term used for fishing gear that is lost to the sea, continues to capture fish with no benefit to the fishermen, further polluting our oceans and creating an increased financial burden on the fishing communities. Line-less gear could dramatically reduce the number of marine mammal injuries and deaths as well as lessen the financial burden on fisheries.

The design of our line-less gear is essentially the same as what crab and lobster fisherman have always used. We have simply taken the countless feet of lines and buoys and replaced them with inflatable bag technology. This technology is already utilized everyday in salvage operations. Buoyant force is a reliable and efficient way to recover items from the oceans depths. The gear is brought to the surface using a timer control or a sonar trigger. Once at the surface, the blinking LED in the bag and highly reflective tape allow for visual location. A radar reflector, GPS, and radio tracker are all built into the inflation module to assist in tracking the location of the gear

 

How Does it work?

 

Our patent pending design relies on simple pressure and inflation to bring pots to the surface. 

 Durability and load testing of inflation bag. Testing lift straps and pot attachment straps with 60 pounds of test weight.  Shallow Bay Sucia Island Salish Sea

Durability and load testing of inflation bag. Testing lift straps and pot attachment straps with 60 pounds of test weight.

Shallow Bay Sucia Island Salish Sea