The Challenge

Experience and investigations show that some types of lost fishing gear such as gillnets and pots can continue fishing long after they are lost. Lost gillnets can also be a serious hazard to the marine environment. Gillnets are made of different types of synthetic fibres, where the net structure is maintained for a long time. This is the main reason why lost gillnets can continue fishing for many years after they are lost. This is an issue particularly for gillnets that are lost at great depths, as these nets are exposed to less growth than nets that are lost in shallower waters. The catching ability will therefore be maintained over a prolonged time period