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Ropeless Consortium
Annual Meeting
19 October 2021

Session 1: Retrieval Systems and Testing

01.01: CSI on-demand fishing: Conservationists, scientists, and industry collaborate to trial gear

  • Erica Fuller – Conservation Law Foundation

01.02: Using ropeless in closed fishing areas: Sea trials of snow crab fishing gear in the Gulf of St. Lawrence

  • Philippe Cormier, CORBO, Inc

01.03: Developing and testing a ropeless fishing system designed to remove gillnet buoy lines to reduce entanglements of North Atlantic right whales and test gear tracking technology to reduce derelict fishing gear

  • Zach Klyver, Blue Planet Strategies

01.04: EdgeTech underwater hardware and Trap Tracker Application improvements

  • Robert Morris, EdgeTech

01.05: LobsterLift - Developing a low-cost ropeless gear for in-shore lobstermen

  • Cormac Hondros-McCarthy, Lobster Lift, LLC

01.06: Implementing a co-developed experimental assessment of on-demand gear with commercial fish harvesters in Atlantic Canada

  • Elizabeth Baker, Canadian Wildlife Federation

01.07: Development and preliminary testing of a low-cost time release for ropeless traps

  • Bart Chadwick, Sub Sea Sonics

01.08: Pathway to pop-up gear authorization in California

  • Geoff Shester, Oceana


Session 2: Marking Systems

02.01: Choosing a buoyless gear location marking method to accelerate commercial development

  • Mark Baumgartner, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

02.02: W-Pico: Real time information gathering and actuation via miniaturised underwater wireless Networks

  • Chiara Petrioli, WSense Srl

02.03: Surface marking of ropeless gear

  • Kortney Opshaug, Blue Ocean Gear

02.04: Status update of Ropeless RISER™: A ropeless fishing system with automated gear location and integral chart plotter display and control

  • Harold Vincent, Ropeless Systems, Inc.
  • Dave Capotosto, Ropeless Systems, Inc.

02.05: Design for an international virtual fishing gear marking system to reduce whale entanglements

  • Kim Sawicki, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth


Session 3: Market Interests, Management and Policy

03.01: Procurement options to support use of ropeless gear in U.S. lobster and Canadian snow crab and lobster fisheries

  • Hannah Myers, University of Alaska, Fairbanks

03.02: Economic feasibility of ropeless fishing

  • Carolyn Alkire, Northeast Fisheries Science Center

03.03: A progress update from the Mass. DMF on-call fishing gear scoping project

  • Noah Oppenheim, Homarus Strategies, LLC

03.04: Gear innovations in California’s commercial Dungeness crab fishery

  • Morgan Ivens-Duran, California Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • Greg Wells, National Marine Sanctuary Foundation

03.05: From experimental to commercial ropeless fishing in Atlantic Canada – Advances and remaining challenges

  • Ed Trippel, Fisheries and Oceans Canada


Panel Discussion – Fishermen’s Perspectives

Moderated by Sean Brillant

  • Adam Kennedy
  • Martin Noel
  • Richard Ogg
  • Chris Roebuck
  • Chris Stowell

Breakout Session Discussion

Buoyless fishing: Progress on the Remaining Challenges

Moderated by Mark Baumgartner, Sean Brillant, Michael Moore

A discussion about progress and challenges towards ropeless gear as a viable tool for use by commercial fisheries, particularly in whale closures. Challenges to be discussed will include gear location marking, permitting and enforcement, economics, and reducing gear conflicts among fleets.