Sustainable Fishing

Targeting objectives of consumption reduction necessitates the simultaneous improvement of the traditional trawling methods (known to be energy consuming) that are representative of the fishing in the 2-Seas.

Three public fishing research institutes of the 2-Seas cooperate with the project with the aim of promoting towards the fisherman three innovative options:

Innovation 1 : Energy saving trawling nets (CEFAS):

  • British technologists developed the advanced know-how in the matter of light trawls, sown with composite fibers, and equipped with a computerized monitoring system.
  • The action is to conceive and test and experiment a prototype trawl adapted to Boulogne fishing practice and evaluate the energy saving by long term use onboard the demonstrator.

Innovation 2 : Selective trap fishing method (IFREMER):

  • A new development in France proposes a catch method of ground species that suppresses the trawling and the intrusive and destructive drag.
  • The action aims to adjust performing traps adapted to the Channel and North Sea fisheries. Identify the trap models appropriate to focus at certain species, optimized ergonomic of professional use, perform two experimental trial periods of three months.
  • To evaluate trap effectiveness for valuable species and study the impact on the ecosystem and quantify the productivity of the trap and verify the economic viability for the fishing enterprise.

Innovation 3 : Ground pulse fishing (ILVO):

  • The Flemish fishing research centre developed a new system for selective shrimp fishing based on the use control micro-frequency of electric waves on the ground, permitting to catch a selected species without disturbing the others.
  • The action leads to test this prototype method in real conditions.
  • The targeted species are shrimps and soles.