The award for Best Product launched at the IceFish this year went to Fiskevegn AS for the VestTek precision baiter
The world’s smallest precision baiter, the VestTek is set to be the ‘missing link’ in longline fishing taking a mid-spot between hand baiting and large high-cost longline precision baiting machines.
Aimed specifically at the 5000-8000 hook sector, the VestTek takes up very little space onboard and is extremely efficient; baiting percentage is satisfyingly high, in-line with expectation and more than matching that of much larger machines that require higher investment and substantial vessel space.
VestTek has undergone indepth testing on board two test vessels with final confirmatory testing about to get underway on two further vessels. Fiskevegn thinks that this latest model may also encourage younger recruits to the industry as it is set to take the manual grind of hand baiting out of this vessel sector.
VestTek has already attracted much interest from the industry and a healthy order book is developing; it is anticipated to come to market in the early part of 2018.