Entrepreneurs developed a new system to reduce ghost fishing in the pot fisheries.
Every year, large amounts of pots are lost. These pots can fish for years on the seabed after they have been lost. ResqUnit As has come up with a solution that can help reduce the number of ghostfishing pots.
In a recent market research, 75% of lobster fishermen form Norway admits to lose 1 to 5 pots each year. Ghostfishing pots are a serious global environmental problem. Diving clubs around Norway make an effort to clean up, but they are unable to keep up with the huge amounts lost. The problem is therefore increasing for each year. Lost pots will fish for a long time. Caught animals starve to death and eventually become bait for new animals that face the same fate. There is no good estimates of the impact of ghostfishing on targeted species, but the costs are likely high.
The well-known diver and underwater photographer Rudolf Svensen regularly see the extent of the problem. "I've seen live lobster that has almost dissolved when I tried to release them. They have been hungry for so long that they get nutrition from the shell, "says Svensen. Svensen who observed and recorded the prototype testing for ResqUnit AS is optimistic of the new system from ResqUnit.
ResqUnit AS in Sandnes has, with the support of Innovation Norway, developed a simple and affordable unit that will contribute to reducing the number of pots lost. "Our impression, after talking to the industry, is that both recreational and commercial fishermen contribure and have responsibility to the situation," says General Manager of ResqUnit AS, Helge Trettø Olsen. "Even though the price of the product is low, we are still surprised at how many have shown willingness to pay for such a device. We think it's amazing that so many want this product on the market, but we believe and hope that this will eventually become a regular part of a legal theory. "
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