The bait bag source reduction plan allowed OceanWatch to understand the use of bait bags from multiple perspectives: bait supplier, packaging supplier, and final consumer.
Taking this understanding into consideration, OceanWatch carried out two trials. First, testing the suitability of the alternatives in which packaging was filled with various types of bait and stored in a commercial freezer for 8 weeks. Then, a degradability trial where alternatives were placed in cotton bags and immersed in seawater for 8 weeks. The alternatives that were identified included water soluble bags, compostable bags, sugar cane trays with lids and cardboard boxes. Both trials demonstrated that the tested materials performed differently under the conditions they were subjected to. Depending on its use, each alternative tested has merit.