ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - The Canadian Centre for Fisheries Innovation is getting government help to develop a way of remotely detecting lost snow crab pots using side scan sonar in Newfoundland and Labrador.
The province estimates about eight per cent of the traps are lost at sea annually.
The provincial government is spending about $12,000 to support the centre's work.
Fisheries Minister Darin King says the project is aimed at reducing the impact on the ocean ecosystem from the fishery, while also helping fishermen cut their losses.
The project will take place in Conception Bay this summer using a research vessel for two days of testing at sea.