In February 2019, Fisheries and Oceans Canada announced that mandatory gear marking would be phased-in during the 2020 fishing season in all non-tended fixed-gear fisheries, as well as crab trap and lobster trap fisheries.
Mandatory gear marking consists of specific colours that must be used to correctly identify fishing ropes in different fisheries, regions and sub-regions in Canada. It allows to support Canada’s efforts to address lost gear and marine mammal entanglements, and to distinguish between US and Canadian gear involved in marine mammal entanglements.
Gear marking requirements are mandatory for all ropes used to attach fishing gear to a buoy or any other floating apparatus used in the fishery (vertical line).
Our Gear Marking Rope is manufactured in Canada.
- 7 strand core
- 550lb minimum breaking strength
- 3.5mm (1/8″) diameter
- Commercial grade
A colour reference chart for region and species can be found here along with the marking requirements.