Frequently Asked Questions

What is RESQUNIT?

RESQUNIT is a floating device that secures your fishing gear like lobster traps and crab pots. If the trap goes astray and remains under water for a longer period of time, RESQUNIT is released and floats to the surface. A rope is attached to RESQUNIT and the fishing gear.

Your gear can be rescued!

With RESQUNIT we want to reduce economic losses for both hobby and professional fishermen worldwide, while reducing the number of ghost traps and derelict fishing gear (DFG) currently threatening fish, crab and lobster stocks along coastlines across the globe.

How much does it cost?

Our current version, RESQUNIT S50, have a price of 199 NOK (22 USD) each. S50 is our first product on the market, and is made for use in shallow water crab pot/lobster trap fishing down to 50m. We are working on other products for different depths and fishinggear.

Who is RESQUNIT developed for?

RESQUNIT is developed for everyone that is fishing with traps and fishing gear that can get lost, and for those who care about protecting our nature, sustainable fishing, conservation of fish stocks and reduction of marine debris, also known as human-created waste.

What determines when it’s time to eject Resqunit?

The floating device is mounted using a rot-cord. This rotcord dissolves after some time in saltwater, varying from 80 to 120 days in our tests. There will be regional variations in how long the rotten thread takes to dissolve. It is determined by sunlight and more.

We at Resqunit want to save fishermen for both work and loss of equipment, and in our opinion it is advantageous that the rotcord doesn’t dissolve too quickly as this will require regular maintenance and replacement of the cord. However, it is possible for the individual fisherman to decide on the type of rot cord / rot material that Resqunit is mounted with.

What happens to the rot-cord / triggermechanism if I fish every day?

If you are fishing continuously for an extended period of time, we recommend replacing the thread after about 3 months. This is easily done in a few seconds pr pot. You can also check the cotton thread by pulling it and see if it snaps. If it is near time for a change, it will snap quite easily when you pull it.,

RESQUNIT is a simple and affordable solution for securing your fishing equipment based on the Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries’s existing recommendations on the use of rot-cord for sustainable and responsible fishing.

Is the product well thought out and tested?

The product has been through two years of careful development, testing and modification. We have worked thoroughly and efficiently to offer the market an easy-to-use product at a low price.

We know that what matters to most fishermen is the economy and profitability. RESQUNIT achieves short-term profitability by not losing costly equipment.

At the same time, profitability in the long term can be significantly greater: As a result of RESQUNIT and the amazing job divers are doing across the world with ocean clean-up and removal of lost fishing gear, we can reduce the huge amount of catch that is wasted annually in ghost fishing. Also, as an example, in Norway we have the opportunity to find out if the decreasing Norwegian lobster stock is as result of ghost fishing. A combination of fantastic ocean-cleanup work done by diving clubs and responsible fishermen fishing with RESQUNIT, may give us the answer to this.

Increasing the stock, fishermen may face brighter future as stocks increase.

Why not a solution that triggers the float unit after a certain number of days?

Such a solution would be too costly at first. It will be hard for the fisherman to buy a RESQUNIT at the same price as the pot itself.

We have therefore launched RESQUNIT S50 (version 1) based on the rot-cord / cotton thread mechanism recommended by the Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries. This way, we can offer our first product to the market, a solution for securing lobster traps and crab pots that are affordable for the fisherman.

Our focus is the fisherman’s economy, the animal stock and the environment.

Do you work with other solutions for releasing the float unit?

Yes. Our product development department works every day to further develop the concept, with exciting progress.

How can the fisherman localize the trap after RESQUNIT is released?

Our research show that the fisherman often knows where the traps went missing/lost. You will therefore with high probability manage to localize Resqunit floating in the area of the sea/deep sea when it’s ejected.

How can the trap be saved when it’s localized?

Resqunit is attached to the trap with a rope that can sustain up to 100 kilograms.

How long will the battery last?

There are no electronics attached to Resqunit. Having that said, we’re working on future version that will use electronic. An electronic version will have battery life for several years of use.

At what depth will Resqunit work properly?

We have had a dialogue with professional scuba divers and diving clubs and as we understand the majority of ghost traps along the coast is crab traps and lobster traps. These traps are mostly located at 5-30 meters depth. So according to that information we initially aim for gear lost at depths around 40-50 meters.

Isn’t 50 meters depth and 100 kg line, too small?

Our RESQUNIT S50 has 50 meters of hauling line with a strength of 100 kg. This way we manage to keep the price low and we can offer the market a simple solution for securing crab and lobster traps that is used on shallow water fishing (50m depth).

RESQUNIT are working on developing other versions for different types of fishing.

Is there need for such a product?

We think so. The whole coast is littered with traps that fish in cycluses that affects the fish stock, environment and the fishers pocketmoney. Our impression, after talking with people in the industry, is that both hobbyfishers and fishermen carries a huge responsibility towards the situation with ghost traps.

I have fished lobster for over 40 years. Isn’t good routines enough to avoid the problem?

Unfortunately aren’t every fishermen equally experienced and vigilant. Is was probably better before. A part of the problem with ghost traps comes from a growth in hobby fishing which leads to use of cheap traps. Ghost traps are often cheap traps that is light weighted and that often makes them vulnerable to movements underwater, and they get easily lost. Another problem is that people don’t have experience and knowledge about fishing in general.

What brings the future for Resqunit?

We are working on improving the release-mechanism, and creating a product for use on larger depths (deeper than 50m).

Also, we see a lot of opportunities and different applications, especially with IOT ( internet of things ) which are in development. The product Resqunit is also planning to expand to also having warning and positioning opportunities.

What are ghosttraps?

Ghost traps is lost fishing gear like crab pots and lobster traps that stays for years fishing. The gear trap animals in a cyclus of disorder and then death. When they starve, they act as bait and attract new ones, which are caught again and trapped to die. This is a huge man-made environ mental problem.

Who has created Resqunit?

The person behind the idea about Resqunit is co-founder Dag Frode Aasnes. Dag Frode lost a crab trap back in 2016 and made aware of how big this problem is for both the environment and for the fishers themselves.

Resqunit AS in Sandnes, Norway, have with support from Handelens Miljøfond and Innovasjon Norge developed a easy and simple device that will contribute to drastically reduce the amount of ghost traps.

What does Resqunits slogan “Fish responsibly!” and “Environmentalism Through Innovation” mean?

We want to focus on sustainable fishing, and we would like to make the world and the environment better through innovative thinking. We don’t see problems, only challenges and opportunities, and a better world in sight.

Is the impossible possible?

We support the famous quote: “The difficult we do immediately; the impossible takes a little longer.”

This is only the beginning!

We are working on multiple versions of ResqUnit!