Resqunit sets up in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

Resqunit sets up in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia The Resqunit is designed to float free, allowing lost gear to be retrieved. Photo: Resqunit

The Norwegian venture behind the innovative flotation device designed to allow lost lobster and crab gear to be retrieved has set up in Canada, with its new headquarters in the Dartmouth Centre for Ocean Ventures & Entrepreneurship’s (COVE) Start-Up Yard.

Resqunit brought in Alaska crabbing veteran Sig Hansen, best known for being one of the Deadliest Catch stars, to open the new venture in Dartmouth.

The Resqunit floatation device secures fishing gear. When a trap gets lost, and remains under water for a period of time, the Resqunit is released, floating to the surface, making it possible for the lost gear to be retrieved.

“As fishermen we hold a deep connection to the ocean waters that we are lucky to call our workplace,” said Sig Hansen, a global ambassador for Resqunit.

“Resqunit’s innovation will set-out to not only protect our bottom-line by saving gear and stock, it will also serve to protect the very source that provides for us – a responsibility we take seriously,” he added.

“Resqunit was developed in order to reduce the significant economic losses that can occur for both hobby and professional fishermen when they lose their valuable gear,” explained Helge Tretto Olsen, Resqunit’s CEO who was in Dartmouth for the launch.

“The bigger picture is that it also protects our ocean floors and marine life by reducing the number of ghost traps and fishing gear that threaten fish, crab and lobster stocks along global coastlines. Knowing Canada’s global position as a fishing leader, we are confident that Resqunit will be embraced by the industry here.”

Erik Nobbe, a well-known business leader in Halifax, will lead Resqunit’s Canadian operations as Canadian CEO, overseeing the headquarters in Dartmouth.

“Fishing is such a huge part of our past and current history, not just in Nova Scotia but Atlantic Canada wide and beyond,” he said.

“The support from government, industry and investment pillars within the region has been unbelievable to date which was of no surprise to me after working in the space for more than a quarter of a century.”

Erik Nobbe commented that the launch of Resqunit in Canada comes at a time when many are focusing on the oceans, and the precious resources at stake – between the North Atlantic Right Whale entanglements to protecting the ocean floors from further ‘ghost gear’ occurrences.

He believes that the increased awareness around these issues, in combination with the simplicity, functionality and low price point of the device to rescue lost gear, will appeal to fishers in both the lobster and crab industries.

The event at COVE was attended by representatives from the fishing industry and elected officials – including Halifax’s Mayor Mike Savage, who celebrated another new business putting a stake in the ground in the municipality.
“In addition to our strong and proven fishing industry here in Nova Scotia, the province and city also works to nurture innovation and enables businesses to thrive,” Erik Nobbe said. “Establishing Resqunit’s base at COVE here in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, made perfect sense.”


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