|New Bedford, the once great whaling capital, hosts one of the region's best Waterfront Festivals|
|The 'smaller' flume tank in action in New Bedford|
Model nets are constructed and tested in the tanks as a critical step in net design and manufacturing. These flume tanks have been used in the development of countless new gears that have reduced bycatch and otherwise helped answered many critical challenges faced by fishermen and managers.
|The 'Elminator Trawl', a net designed to reduce bycatch |
in the haddock fishery, is shown in the tank.
Demonstrated gears included several being tested in GEARNET-related projects, including semi-pelagic doors designed to raise gears off the bottom, reducing bottom impacts while reducing fuel costs and a small-diameter haddock trawl with large-mesh panels on the top of the net that reduced bycatch.
However, the scallop dredge was a favorite with the local crowd as the festival was held dead-center in the middle of the nation's thriving scallop industry.
|New Bedford scallopers watch a scallop dredge and discuss how a turtle-avoiding dredge works.|
|The Break-bag design attracts a crowd|
|Jon Knight points to gear in the flume tank to a 'captured' audience.|