Ben is endorsed to use the following fishing methods to responsibly harvest local sustainable seafood:
Hauling nets involve setting a net in a large semi circle shape, with the netting sliding smoothly over the ocean floor. The net is hauled in by the fisherman to complete a circular shape with both ends of the netting secured to the boat. Fish are trapped within the netting and removed using a brailing net, using a scooping technique.
Rod and Reel/Handline
Standard techniques where one or more baited hooks or lures are attached to a fishing line to capture various species of fish including squid.
A longline is a rope or line with baited hooks attached which is held slightly above the seabed or surface. They are anchored and buoyed at both ends of the line, with a haul-in line attached at each end of the mainline, and are set from a moving vessel. A maximum of 400 hooks can be used at any one time.
Fish traps are weighted traps which are baited and set at the bottom of the seafloor. When set, traps are connected to a downline, which is connected to a buoy on the surface. Fish traps have specific entrance sizes to limit the species targeted. A maximum of 5 or 15 traps can be used at any one time depending on location.