Commercial groundfish fishing is practiced in Québec with trawl, gillnets or longlines. The longline consists of a main line on which hooks are arranged with branchlines. The launching of the longline (up to 1000 baited hooks) however requires a lot of skill and is at high risk of injury. The goal of the project was to design, manufacture and test a brake system to control the entry of the mother line into the water. This innovation, by allowing continuous control of the gear’s speed during baiting and launching, should reduce injuries and increase fishing productivity.
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