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Weekly Overview: Revolutionary New Fishing Gear to Prevent Unwanted Catches and Increase Earnings

Lucy Towers
01 October 2013, at 1:00am

ANALYSIS - In this week's news, new fishing gear technology, designed by New Zealand scientists in partnership with fishing companies, is able to determine and sort fish to the correct species and size before being brought on-board, writes Lucy Towers, TheFishSite Editor.

'Precision Seafood Harvesting' is revolutionary technology as it prevents unwanted species, catches of small fish and fish that would usually be discarded from being caught, therefore creating more sustainable fishing operations.

The technology does away with traditional trawl nets and, instead, sees fish contained and swimming comfortably underwater inside a large flexible PVC liner where they are sorted.

Once on the deck, the fish are still swimming inside the liner, in perfect condition, meaning fresher, more sustainable fish for consumers and higher value products for fishing companies using the technology. 

“This is the biggest step forward for commercial fishing in 150 years. What we’ve developed in New Zealand has huge benefits for fish stocks, the environment, consumers and New Zealand’s seafood industry. In the process we’re set to change the global fishing industry for the better,” said Sanford CEO and Chairman of Seafood New Zealand, Eric Barratt.

The European Union has approved the acquisition of Morpol by Norwegian salmon farming giant Marine Harvest. The take over is conditional, however, on Marine Harvest selling off some of Morpol's aquaculture operations in Scotland, as it would have likely led to price increases, harming the consumer.

In Japan, trial fishing operations have begun off the Fukushima coast after radiations tests have given the all clear. 

Next week TheFishSite will be in Paris, France for the Global Aquaculture Alliance GOAL Conference. Keep a look out on the site for all the latest news from the conference.