July 16, 2019 8:10 am
Updated: July 16, 2019 8:53 am

Norwegian company brings innovative fishing gear to Nova Scotia’s waters

ResqUnit is a company that hopes to change the way that fishing is done, and has now expanded its operations to Nova Scotia. Whitney Middleton-Oickle has more.

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A Norway-based company is bringing a fishing device to Nova Scotia that it says will reduce the amount of lost fishing gear in the water.

ResQunit CEO Helge Tretto Olsen says its flotation device that attaches to gear such as lobster traps and crab pots has features that will allow for owners to find them.

“After a certain amount of days there is a cotton twine that dissolves and the flotation device floats to the surface,” says Olsen.

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The twine on the device is biodegradable and after 90 days it disintegrates, which allows for the device to rise to the surface and for any marine life to escape.

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In a press release, ResQunit, which now has an office in Dartmouth, NS., says that the fisherman’s name and number will be located on the device and will be registered with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans.

The head of the new Canadian branch of ResQunit, Erik Nobbe, says that fishermen will be able to use this device as a way to protect their investment in gear.

“There’s 10 million traps on the eastern seaboard alone.” says Nobbe. “Not one of them has [a] retrieval system on it today.”

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Nobbe says that they hope the device will help reduce the amount of so-called ‘ghost gear’ — gear that cannot be retrieved — from impacting the environment.

“140,000 metric tons of ghost gear, which is lost gear, is lost every year,” says Nobbe. “That [gear] continues to fish perpetually.”

According to a press release by the company, the device is already being widely used by the fishing industry in Norway.

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