Approved Weak Inserts and Line for the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan
Learn which weak inserts and line are approved for use under the 2021 Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan modifications and how to install weak inserts.
The 2021 modifications to the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan apply to the Northeast Lobster/Jonah crab trap/pot fishery only. Requirements for all other areas, other trap/pot fisheries, and gillnet fisheries remain the same.
The modifications remove the requirement for weak link at buoys and other surface system flotation devices, though they are not prohibited, and adds requirements for weak rope or insertions within the buoy line.
Currently the only full length weak rope approved for use are Rocky Mount Cordage Company’s fully formed 1,700 pound weak rope in Red (3/8” diameter) and Candy Cane (3/8” diameter).
Below are images of approved weak inserts and videos on how to install approved weak inserts. Please check this page for updates, as we will be adding weak inserts as they are approved.
In-line Link, also called Endline or Buoy Line Breakaway
Novabraid South Shore Sleeve