New Shrimp Net Design More Fuel Efficient, Reduces Bycatch

23 April 2015, at 1:00am

MEXICO - Researchers at the National Fisheries Institute (INAPESCA) have created a new shrimp net design which is more fuel efficient, more environmentally friendly and that reduces the bycatch of non-target species.

The new gear can be adapted to boats of the current fishing fleet, since it is the same size as current equipment.

Its design allows the escape of non-target species during shrimping, reducing the bycatch by up to 40 per cent.

It also saves around 20 per cent of current fuel per capture operation.

load on the displacement of the boat during extraction tasks, which decreases fuel use and greenhouse gas emissions to the environment.

The new technology has been tested successfully by specialized technicians.