Flying Trawl Doors: A Better Way to Fish

By Malin Skog, SFPO The Swedish Fishermen’s Producer Organisation (SFPO)’s ongoing collaboration with the Swedish University for Agricultural Sciences (SLU) has expanded its remit, now investigating gear that is designed not only for selectivity but also for low environmental impact. They have been testing flying trawl doors, potentially a big step forward in gear innovation. […]

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Combituig

Combituig The Belgian research institute, ILVO,  and Belgian PO, Rederscentrale, are testing technical innovations in beam trawling to reduce bycatch and improve survival – they are also testing some ‘seriously new tech’. Check out the lastest blog from Mattias Van Opstal from ILVO.  The introduction of the Landing Obligation poses a major challenge for the […]

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A voice from outside: MINOUW on why Gearing Up is an invaluable resource

Since 2015 the MINOUW project has seen researchers, scientists, technologists and policy-makers working together to develop successful solutions to reduce discards. Together with Gearing Up we want to ensure that this information is available to all those who can benefit from it, and that it has a real and lasting impact. What is the MINOUW […]

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Momentum is growing for Gearing Up

By Tom Catchpole, Cefas This week we unveiled the new and improved online gear selectivity tool, which is an exciting moment for the Gearing Up team. Since launching in 2017, we’ve been working hard to gather feedback from stakeholders across Europe, asking them about the tool’s functions, data and ease of use.  We’ve had positive […]

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More #GearingUpdates from the Northern Ireland Gear Trials project

Back in March 2017, Ben Collier introduced the industry-led collaborative project: The Northern Ireland Gear Trials project. As well as experimenting with lights in trawls to increase the selectivity of target species, Ben and his team have also been working on other novel gear design approaches. Now, Ben is back to update us on the […]

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Fishermen have the most novel approaches to gear innovation

Ben Collier from Northern Ireland Gear Trial project has been working with light technology to help reduce unwanted catch and improve selectivity. Preliminary results show that light could have an impact on fish behaviour with further trials to be completed by March 2018. Stay tuned for more #GearingUpdates from the Northern Ireland Gear Trial Project. […]

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Gear Innovation with Crystal Sea Fishing

Like all fishermen, we have made many changes to how our gear fishes over the years. As we work towards the Landing Obligation we are having to fine tune our fishing gear so that we are able to take the fish we have the quota for and filter out the fish for which there is […]

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High selectivity with the SELTRA sorting box

The Fisheries Conservation team in BIM assesses a range of gear modifications to reduce unwanted catches and address requirements under the EU landing obligation. In this blog post, I highlight one of our most successful gear trials – the SELTRA sorting box.    I am part of the Fisheries Conservation team (in BIM—Ireland’s Seafood Development […]

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