Fishing gear manufacturers are in a frenzy as the global fish population continues to decline.
And as demand for new gear grows, so too does demand for quality.
In India, the global market for fishing gear has more than doubled over the past three years, from $1.8 billion to $3.9 billion.
But while global demand is on the rise, India’s fish population has declined by about 50 per cent in the past decade.
In the past five years, the number of fish caught in India has fallen by nearly 70 per cent.
In 2016, the government started a programme to conserve and revive the fish stock.
While the government says it will conserve 90 per cent of the fish stocks by 2019, it has a target of 95 per cent by 2022.
With that goal in mind, the Fish and Fisheries Ministry is developing a new product, a line of fishing gear with more sustainable design.
The catch in India is also being diverted from other fisheries to the new product.
The new product is being marketed as “Sonic Fishermen’s Gear” and has been launched with the help of a global research group.
The company, Aquatics and Fisheries Technology, is owned by a Mumbai-based company called Aquacraft.
“The new product has been developed for fish fishermen and their families, as well as for aquaculture, where fish are taken from rivers,” said M.P. Ganesh, the chief executive officer of Aquaculture and Fisheries Technologies.
The gear, which Aquacostra says will have a catch weight of more than 4.2 tonnes, is a combination of a fishing line, hooks, and a harness that attach to a reel.
The Aquacart line will also be used for commercial fish-fishing, and is made in India.
“There are over 3,000 fish species in the world and more than 150 of these are listed under the IUCN Red List,” said Ganesh.
“Aquacraft and Aquatics Technologies will be the first companies in the Indian market to introduce this product, and we are hopeful that the product will be used by other fish manufacturers as well.”
According to Aquacert, its new product will replace the old “Fishing Gear” line that was designed to be used in commercial fishing gear.
“It will replace a lot of the old fishing gear that we had in stock at our factory and we have now started to re-stock our product,” said Rajesh Kishore, CEO of Aquatiques and Fishers.
“In fact, we are already re-selling our Fishing Gear line for the first time.”
The Aquatique line is one of the brands Aquacastra has developed for fishing.
“Fishermen have been clamouring for this line since we introduced it,” said Kishot.
“We are proud to have the first of its kind in India.”
The product is made of high-tech materials and will come in several shapes, including an aquarium fish hook, a fish hook with a mesh that allows you to attach a hook to the line, and an aquarium hook.
The line will be available in two sizes, from 2.5 kilograms to 5 kilograms.
The technology also enables Aquacarts to offer a new line for a fish-and-chicken fishery.
According to the company, the new line will save money by being made in a more sustainable way.
“Sensing demand for a new fishery, we have started to test different sizes and sizes of our products in the aquacraft market,” said Anil Sharma, Aquatastra’s chief executive.
“At the moment, we sell the line in two different sizes.
We will be releasing them in three sizes soon.”
The fish-hooks Aquacasters are using are designed to catch fish that are over two kilograms, such as fish from the South China Sea, as they are too big for a hook.
“Our technology is the same as our competitors,” said Kanesh Srivastava, chief executive of Aquaclades.
“If you have a hook like ours, you can only catch fish at a certain size.
If you have two hooks, you need to catch them both.”
Srivacases catch-and/or fish-eating line is made from 100 per cent bamboo.
“Bamboo is a natural fibre and it’s very light and strong,” he said.
“So it’s easy to handle, and also durable.”
The line is also water-resistant.
It has a catch of less than 1.2 kilograms.
“Water is a big part of our business, but we also need to be able to control our catch,” said Srivatas co-founder and CEO.
“Even though we are trying to catch bigger fish, we want to be prepared for every situation.”
The catch of the Aquacats line in a fish tank, for instance, will be at a depth of less then 1.5 metres, and the fish will not be able hold