LAND TESTING OF GILLNETS
For this project, a land testing facility was set up at Coonamessett Farm to test and record loads placed on gill nets. These field trials utilized this facility and consisted of one day of mobilization and three days of gear testing. More than two dozen trials were conducted in which loads were recorded on each end of the float line and lead line as well as the simulated whale loading. Weak link devices tested included knotted line, light line, plastic links, and “Chinese fingers”. The breaking strength of 6.5 and 7.0 inch 14 gauge monofilament webbing was also tested.