After the very successful experience in Scandinavia with the use of fish pots, in April 2018 WWF and INAPESCA, in collaboration with Swedish University of Agriculture (SLU) and the Technological University of Denmark (DTU), testes three different kind of traps in the Upper Gulf: bottom standings with two entrances, floating with one entrance and semi collapsable with one entrance. By increasing the fishing effort and with the appropriate buyers and price, this fishery could become profitable for the fishermen, and it could be implemented as a commercial fishery in the UGC in the future.
Type of bait: the local bait (Cabrilla, Sierra and Anchovy) and commercial bait (Monterey Sardines) have the same effectiveness on attracting fish. The local bait is cheaper and easy to get, because these fishes are discarted or damaged during other fisheries activities, so it is the best option to lower the costs and improve profits of fishermen in the region.
Fishing pots: Preliminary results from the start up trials showed that floating one chamber pots were not fishing as effectively as the bottomstanding pots. The bottomstandings pots showed the most capture effectiveness on commercial fish.
Quality of fish: the new designs of fishing pots increase the quality and freshness of comercial fish, wich could increase the price of fish on the market. With the correct fishing effort, this pots could be implemented as a alternative fishing gear in finfish fisheries in the Northern Gulf of California.