Since its launch in 2022, CatchCam has been making waves in commercial fishing. The robust fishing camera system has helped fishermen worldwide see below the waves and improve the efficiency of their fishing operations. Now at even deeper depths. The newly launched CatchCam Deep can withstand depths of up to 800m. Thus, allowing deeper fisheries to gather evidence of what is going on inside fishing gear.
CatchCam Deep development began after SafetyNet Technologies ran a survey with 150 fishermen. As it turns out, over 20% of them said they wanted a camera that could film their gear in action below 300m, which is the original depth limit of CatchCam. Immediately, SafetyNet Technologies engineers, and selected fishermen were called to respond to this challenge. Working together, they successfully created CatchCam Deep.
Most recently, Clyde fisherman Ian Wightman who fishes for prawns on his vessel Eilidh Anne had the chance to deploy CatchCam Deep for the first time. The underwater footage provided by the camera reveals some astonishing seal activity around the codend of the trawl net, which you can watch below.
“We’re used to seeing seals regularly entering the net now to feed inside the trawl, but we moved the position of the camera recently, to look at fish behaviour in the cod end (…) and were astounded to see seals actually thumping to cod end itself in order to force through fish on which they would then feed”, shared Ian when approached by the Fishing News magazine.
From simply filming fishing gear, CatchCam cameras enable fishermen to see if their gear is working properly so they can make precise alterations to improve performance. Additionally, the camera is helping to impove bycatch mitigation techniques by providing evidence of their effectiveness and understanding on how the catch interacts with the gear.
Like the original CatchCam, CatchCam Deep can record for up to four days on a single charge. It is slightly longer than CatchCam at a length of 180mm due to its thicker aluminium housing and endcaps. However, this is still small enough to fit in and around all types of fishing gear.
From simply filming fishing gear, CatchCam cameras enable fishermen to see if their gear is working correctly so they can make precise alterations to improve performance. Additionally, the camera is helping to improve bycatch mitigation techniques by providing evidence of their effectiveness and understanding of how the catch interacts with the gear.
CatchCam Deep provides an opportunity for deeper fisheries to gather evidence of what is going on inside fishing gear at crushing depths. From filming underwater, fishermen can see how to optimise their gear to be more efficient and sustainable.
You can get your hands on CatchCam Deep at the SafetyNet Technologies shop or from selected distributors. Arrange a call with one of our team members below to find the best camera for your fishing efforts.