SSL 2.0 Breakaway Link

SSL 2.0 Breakaway Link provides a low break strength component to vertical fishing lines designed to reduce the severity of whale  entanglements.  Developed and tested in collaboration with lobstermen and marine scientists.   The SSL 2.0 links are engineered with a break strength under 1700lbs and added to existing lobster trawl fishing gear in critical marine habitats.  The result is a low cost alternative to weak ropes while working seamlessly in pot haulers.

Made from hollow core braided polypropylene, the link works like a toy finger puzzle.  It grips inserted pot warp in each end of the link, holding the rope firmly when deployed. SSL 2.0 links come in packages of 48 with each link measuring 6′ in length to provide positive grip on the fishing rope.  Available in 3/8″, 1/2″ and 5/8″ diameters, the high visibility orange links are easy to install.  The rope used to make the links can also be purchased in reels of uncut rope.

NOTE: When using undersized rope in the sleeve, a minimum length of 6′ sleeve material must be used to assure a secure grip on the vertical line

Installation video courtesy of NOAA



  • 1700 lb Break Strength
  • Smooth Operation in Pot Haulers
  • Available in 3/8", 1/2" and 5/8" diameter
  • Installs in Minutes

Suggested Uses:

  • Converts Standard Pot Warp into Reduced Break Strength Rope
  • Field Tested by Marine Scientists and Commercial Lobstermen
  • Suitable for Rope 5/16"-5/8" Diameter
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SSL 2.0 Breakaway Link Load to Elongation Graph