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An Endless Summer of Ropeless Fishing


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Marco Flagg presents findings from the first North American ropeless fishing trials using Desert Star's ARC-1XD at the first Ropeless Consortium.

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An Endless Summer of Ropeless Fishing

  1. 1. AN ‘ENDLESS SEASON’ OF ROPELESS FISHING TRIALS (JUNE-NOVEMBER 2018) Presented by Marco Flagg, Desert Star Systems LLC, Based on work with Fishing Associations MLA, ACA, GMFA and CWLA Ropeless Fishing Consortium Meeting, November 6 2018, New Bedford, MA
  2. 2. Summary of 2018 ARC-1 Ropeless Sea Trials Five Fishing Associations / Groups & Regions: Acadian Crabbing Association (ACA) California Dungeness Crab Working Group Next Session Next Session Next Session Report Pending Presentation Focus California • First tests of season • Learning how to run a pilot project (classes, sea trials, gear safety) Cape Cod Bay • Shallow water trawls • Short stub rope (whale safety) • Single operator boat Gulf of St. Lawrence • Bag behavior in high currents • Efficient singles hauling in broadcast mode Bay of Fundy • Deep water fishing to 117 fathom • Fast tidal currents • Anchor cages instead of bags Nova Scotia LFA38 (Atlantic to Fundy) • Practical use in LFA34 • Coordination of multi-boat operations • How to launch a ropeless fishery
  3. 3. Summary of 2018 ARC-1 Ropeless Sea Trials Overall Statistics 13 Fishing vessels outfitted/involved 63 ARC-1 acoustic releases used/delivered Estimated 90 sea trial days across all boats Estimated 700-1000 deployment & recovery cycles (Estimates based on extrapolation of CWLA observed effort of eight sea trial days per boat, 8-12 deployment & recovery cycles per test day
  4. 4. CWLA Sea Trial Goals:  Determine if ropeless fishing is a workable and realistic proposition for fishers in LFA34  Have a tool in the arsenal for their members to continue fishing during closures
  5. 5. How CWLA Went About It Step 1 Fundamentals of system components, operation, servicing were taught & practiced in the class room, dockside and a day at sea with all fishers present
  6. 6. How CWLA Went About It Step 2 1-2 days of training at sea for each fisher
  7. 7. How CWLA Went About It Step 3 Unsupervised sea days, with each boat & crew operating individually (observers sometimes present)
  8. 8. How CWLA Went About It Step 4 Two-day ‘war games’, with all three boats setting and hauling trawls in same area. Captain’s decisions coordinated by Ropeless Fisher app. (observers present)