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Report Calls For Investment In New Fishing Technology

Author: Øistein Thorsen, FAI Farms

A new report is calling on industry to invest in new fishing net technology to reduce the impacts of bottom-trawling.

Net Positive: Disruptive Seafood was supported by Seafish through the Strategic Investment Programme and delivered by Espersen, Icelandic Seachill, and Nomad Foods.

Report Calls For Investment In New Fishing Net Technology

The report follows a workshop hosted at FAI Farms in Oxford, which brought together seafood industry actors, scientists and technology developers from across a variety of disciplines, with the goal of creating and building support for innovative selective harvest design concepts, with the potential to transform the wild-caught seafood sector.

Ideas for integrating technology into the fishing industry ranged from autonomous catching devices to improved processing at sea. The report hopes to attract partners and investors – government, private and philanthropic – that can provide the capital needed to take these concepts from the drawing board to common practice in the industry.

"The challenge is clear; to ensure a sustainable future for our fisheries, oceans and fishermen’s livelihoods we must think beyond todays trawling technology. We need clever, selective harvesting techniques that target sustainable stocks, avoid by-catch and minimise environmental impacts."

"It is vitally important that as an industry we address the negative impact of bottom-trawling. It is amazing that we can put a man on the moon but that we have not developed lower impact fishing techniques. In order to address this issue, we felt that modern technology needs to be integrated into fishing."

Through the FAI workshop, we were able to bring a wide range of partners together and share knowledge to come up with concepts that could help maximise yield while minimising impact on the environment. We now need investors and other partners to help us move these concepts forward.


For more details please contact Oistein Thorsen, FAI Director.

Full report.

Read Oistein’s blog in Food Tech Connect’s Internet of Food series here