In North America, fishermen employ specialized fishing gear for catching fish, lobsters, crabs, shrimp, scallops, clams, oysters, and other seafood. In most fisheries, gear is critical for success.


Fishing Gear Types:

Fixed Gear – gillnets, pound nets, fish traps, anchored longlines
Mobile Gear – otter trawls, beam trawls, pair trawls, Danish seines, Scottish seines, dredges
Supporting Equipment – anchors, lights, buoys, beacons, and other items.


Fishing Gear Overviews

Scallop Dredges

Surf Clam Dredges

Lobster Traps

Conch Traps


Related Information

Commercial Fishing Boats

Vessel Monitoring Systems (VMS)

Commercial Fisheries