The U.A.E. Navy has ordered new solar-equipped hooks for fishermen in the Southern Hemisphere to catch and release their fish, Axios reported.
The Navy will begin installing the hooks by early 2019, according to a statement from the service.
The new hooks are expected to reduce costs by about 50 percent compared with the existing solar-based hooks.
“The Navy has begun construction of solar-armed hooks, which have been designed to capture fish that are caught by other solar-operated hooks, and to release them in the ocean,” the Navy statement said.
“Solar-armed hook technology is not currently commercially available in the U.K., and we are currently working to expand the availability of solar hook technology in the region.”
The Navy previously announced that it would install a new solar hook system on the USS John S. McCain in 2020, but the U-S.
military has not yet said when the hook will be ready to deploy in the Pacific.