resqunit fishing gear recover system

RESQUNIT (IRELAND & UK) is the functional and affordable pot recovery system



RESQUNIT is a functional and affordable recovery system for lobster, crab and langoustine pots/creels.

The system consists of patented programable electronic release mechanism to locate and retrieve lost fishing gear no matter what size of fishing vessel you operate.

RESQUNIT has developed the unit to reduce the financial burden on fishermen by preventing gear loss, protect the marine ecosystem and preserve the biomass for the future of generations by reducing ghost fishing from lost fishing gear.

“The problem RESQUNIT addresses is basically lost fishing gear,” says Helge Tretto Olsen, CEO of RESQUNIT. “The principle is straight forward. What often happens to fishing equipment, especially static fishing gear, is that the primary buoy gets cut off by the propeller of another boat or sometime even the boat owners’ own propeller.

“You have a lost trap that often consists of plastic and that is a pollution in itself. What also remains is a ghost fishing problem, these lost traps fish in perpetuity and catch sea life which becomes bait for other sea life, and this can go on for decades. But you also have fianacial loss and gear loss means an expense to replace the trap and the loss of fishing time.

“We designed RESQUNIT to eliminate this problem and expense.”



RESQUNIT operates using a unique release mechanism.

You can attach the RESQUNIT unit to you pot/creel. On the RESQUNIT app you set the time for how long you want the unit to wait before it triggers and releases the emergency buoy.

For example, you are a lobster fisherman a check your pots every second day. You come to check one of your pots around 48 hours after it was last checked and the buoys are gone. Has it been stolen, has the buoys accidentally been cut off etc?

With RESQUNIT you can set the release mechanism to activate 60 hours or 72 hours after the pot has been out of the water. Come back to the same spot the following day and you should be able to find the RESQUNIT buoy with the line attached to you pot. By using the recovery device, you have just retrieved your valuable asset, (your pot/creel/trap).

The great thing about RESQUNIT is that you only need to set the timer once, and it resets itself every time is retrieved from the sea.

Losing a pot itself is expensive, but it’s not just the pot, it is what it earns over a lifetime and how much it costs to replace it, can have a major impact on seasonal earnings, as Captain of the Northwestern, Sig Hansen from Deadliest Catch explains:

“Losing a pot and then your fishery, it’s not just the value of the pot itself, it’s what it earns in a lifetime.

“When you add those numbers up the numbers are staggering. When you do the maths for a boat like the Northwestern, one trap is gonna cost around €2,000 US. In a season if we get caught in ice, we could lose tens of thousands worth of gear. It’s a hard pill to swallow.

“If you lose a lot of gear, you will sure see it at the end of the season when you are going to settle up with your crew.”

But fishermen like Captain Sig Hansen also realises how lost fishing gear impacts on the marine environment. He says:

“You know the lost pot continues to fish in perpetuity and not only that, but with the pollution aspect of it, it all adds up to a negative impact aside from the money.”




Fishermen from anywhere in the world targeting a wide variety of crustaceans can benefit from using RESQUNIT says Helge.

“We want to target the customers that would benefit the most from our products,” says Helge. “Whether it be single trap fishermen or those fishing pots in strings.”

“You can have a RESQUNIT on one single pot or you can have a RESQUNIT on the middle pot of a string, whichever way you fish the return on your investment becomes really significant when it comes to retrieving your lost traps.”




RESQUNIT is a functional and affordable backup buoy system with a programmable electronic release mechanism to locate and retrieve lost fishing gear.

The system is easy to install and is self-operating. No user interaction required after initial setup.

Buoy Trigger Type:   Electronic Timer
Release Mechanism:  Mechanical lock
Estimated lifespan: 5 Years
Working depth (buoy): 50 metres / 165 feet (max)
Timer activation depth: 06m / 20 feet (pressure switch)
Line strength: 100 kg / 220 lbs
Weight:  0.7 kg / 1.5 lbs
Dimensions:    27 x 26 x 6 cm / 10.5 x 10.5 x 2.5″
Compatible with:  Pots/traps – commercial
  Pots/traps – recreational
Scientific research equipment



RESQUNIT is available in Ireland and the UK through The Fishing Daily.