The BS30 Underwater Bait Setter
A new piece of fishing equipment that sets longline hooks underwater to prevent seabird bycatch.
The BS30 is the first device of its kind in the world. It has the potential to solve the seabird bycatch problem in longline fisheries once and for all.
Its innovation lies in the hook deployment method. Using precision engineering and hydraulics, hooks are set underwater from a stern mounted unit, safely and without disrupting fishing.
The operation of the BS30 and benefits for albatross protection are shown in this video clip. The BS30 is a one stop shop for seabird bycatch prevention – it will prevent seabird bycatch and bait loss to seabirds without the need for other bycatch prevention methods.