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B. Fisheye (Figures 2 and 3):

1. Description: The Fisheye BRD is a cone-shaped rigid frame constructed from aluminum or steel rod of at least 1⁄4 inch (6.35 mm) diameter, which is inserted into the cod end to form an escape opening. Minimum construction and installation requirements stated below.

2. The Fisheye has a minimum escape opening dimension of 5 inches (12.7 cm) and a minimum total escape opening area of 36 in2 (91.4 cm2 ) [inside dimensions, not bar lengths (Figure 2 and 3).

3. The Fisheye shall be installed on the outside of the trawl. The webbing of the trawl attached to the Fisheye cannot cover more than 50% of the Fisheye.

4. When the Fisheye BRD is installed, no part of the lazy line attachment system (i.e., any mechanism, such as elephant ears or choker straps, used to attach the lazy line to the cod end) may overlap the Fisheye escape opening when the Fisheye is installed aft of the attachment point of the cod end retrieval system. The escapement opening of the Fisheye BRD shall remain unobstructed at all times.

5. The Fisheye BRD must be installed at the top center of the cod end of the trawl to create an escape opening in the trawl facing the direction of the mouth of the trawl no further forward than 11 ft (3.4 m) from the cod end tie-off rings.

6. Placement of the apex (narrow end) of the Fisheye shall be toward the headrope of the trawl (forward).

C. Gulf Fisheye (Figures 2, 3, and 4):

1. Description: The Gulf Fisheye is a cone-shaped rigid frame constructed from aluminum or steel rod of at least 1/4 inch (6.35 mm) diameter, which is inserted into the top center of the cod end, and is offset not more than 15 meshes perpendicular to the top center of the cod end to form an escape opening. Minimum construction and installation requirements stated below.

2. The Gulf Fisheye has a minimum escape opening dimension of 5 inches (12.7 cm) and a minimum total escape opening area of 36 in2 (91.4 cm2 ) [inside dimensions, not bar lengths] (Figure 2 and 3).

3. The Gulf Fisheye shall be installed on the outside of the trawl. The webbing of the trawl attached to the Gulf Fisheye cannot cover more than 50% of the Fisheye.

4. The Gulf Fisheye BRD must be installed in the cod end of the trawl to create an escape opening in the trawl, facing in the direction of the mouth of the trawl, no less than 8.5 ft (2.59 m) and no further forward than 12.5 ft (3.81 m) from the cod end tie-off rings, and may be offset no more than 15 meshes perpendicular to the top center of the cod end (Figure 4).

5. When the Gulf Fisheye BRD is installed, no part of the lazy line attachment system (i.e., any mechanism, such as elephant ears or choker straps, used to attach the lazy line to the cod end) may overlap the Fisheye escape opening when the Fisheye is installed aft of the attachment point of the cod end retrieval system. The escapement opening of the Gulf Fisheye shall remain unobstructed at all times.

6. Placement of the apex (narrow end) of the Gulf Fisheye shall be toward the headrope of the trawl (forward).

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