Net-maker plans to make shrimpers more efficient


A new Coos Bay business, South Coast Nets, is building nets to make shrimp trawlers more efficient and use less fuel.

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A new Coos Bay business, South Coast Nets, is building nets to make shrimp trawlers more efficient and use less fuel.

The nets are made of a strong lightweight material called Dyneema, and are made of braids rather than the usual knots.

The knotless webbing makes for less drag under water. [Owner Dave] Gregory expects that will be the product’s biggest selling point as diesel fuel approaches $4 a gallon.

“Fuel is a big part of the cost equation for a shrimper,” said Brad Pettinger, director of the Oregon Trawl Commission.

A trawler’s fuel costs can exceed $30,000 during a typical shrimp season from April through October.

Read more at the Bend Bulletin.

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