Joining together the efforts of INAPESCA, Nayarit University, the Technological Institute of Mazatlan and Pacific Fisheries, the project hopes to streamline Mexican fisheries operations.
Improvements come in the form of a new trawl design, made from lighter and stronger materials to catch up to 50 per cent more efficiently, according to recent trials.
The new design incorporates a drive system which reduces energy consumption including a new iron gate drive to open and trawl the netting. This will replace less efficient chipboard and wood that causes damage to the seabed and consumes 25-35 per cent of the towing force of the engine.
The project began in June 2012 and is expected to reach completion by the end of this year.