Fiber Rope and Fishing
Abstract:Modern synthetic fiber materials coupled with the various rope constructions that are currently available produce a wide variety of ropes well suited for today's fishing applications. Ropemakers provide many products designed exclusively for fishermen. The market is large, which encourages competition; however, it is also very cost sensitive which can inhibit research and development. This article begins with the history of ropemaking and goes on to describe modern ropemaking materials and designs, the properties and applications of rope in fishing, and sources of rope information. Whale entanglement and environmental concerns are areas where the selection, use, control and disposal of rope fishing gear could well become regulatory issues. An ongoing whale entanglement research program may be a model that will stimulate research.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2006-09-01
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