The need for more testing has delayed the release of a new tool designed to help Atlantic lobster fishermen cut down on costly trap-checking trips.
The Bait Savour is a time-delayed bait release box designed to fit inside a lobster trap.
It is set to hit the market for the winter season, one year after its anticipated release date.
Vince Stuart is the owner of a machine shop in southern Nova Scotia and he finished designing his invention last year.
Stuart wants to collect data during the summer and fall crabbing seasons that will show the impact the Bait Savour has on fishing for both lobster and crab.
Top 10 invention at Popular Science
These testing plans follow other studies conducted during this past winter lobster season that yielded what Stuart described as favourable results.
The magazine Popular Science included the device in its list of the top 10 inventions of 2012.
In the first year of sales Stuart hopes to put a Bait Savour in three per cent of the four million traps between Newfoundland to New Jersey.
Bait Savour is installed next to the traditional bait spike in a lobster trap. Then, the dispenser is tripped open by a biodegradable fuse made of fish products, engineered to degrade after 24, 48 or 72 hours. It will cost about $50 and the inventor says if it saves one trip a week, it will save $700 in fuel alone.