Over the past 4 years The Centre for Sustainable Aquatic Resources (CSAR) and CCFI have worked on developing a pot that would harvest commercial quantities of cod. This work involved designing and making numerous changes to experimental pots, as well as observing behaviour of fish around pots using underwater cameras and a remote operated vehicle.
As a result of media coverage, The Fundy Fixed Gear Council has shown significant interest in trying the fishing gear. This project entails conducting fishing trials of experimental gear onboard commercial inshore vessels in the area of Southwest Nova Scotia.
Several vessels will fish traditional commercial areas collecting data on catch rates from all gears fished in the area. Circled funneled pots will be fished alongside existing traditional fishing gear (hand lines, long lines & Gillnets). Information will be collected on numbers of fish harvested, soak times, size of fish, weight of fish, by-catch, GPS position, water depth, water temperature etc. All data will be collected and analyzed for the purpose of preparing a report. CSAR staff will conduct the data analysis and report writing. The Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC), Shelburne Campus will collect data onboard vessels and provide technical advice to harvesters.