Development of a by-catch excluder for the Danish and European trawl fisheries (39265)

Project Details


The project aims to develop and test a widely usable gear that effectively sorts out unwanted species and sizes of fish during trawling. This objective should be seen in light of a future discard ban for the EU—a ban which, in Denmark and in other European countries, will result in a growing demand for technical solutions that can increase the sorting of fish in the gear during fishing.

The development work of the project is based on a so-called "Excluder system" that can be integrated into most standard trawl gears. The “Excluder system” is developed for the North American market by Tor-Mo Trawl in Hirtshals in collaboration with the Green Line Fishing Gear. The Excluder is used today on a voluntary basis by approximately 15 large fishing vessels in Alaska, but is not directly applicable in Danish and European fisheries because the species composition, trawl size and type of vessel is significantly different in fisheries in Alaska.

The project's main result will be the development, testing and documentation of an Excluder system, which is targeted the Danish and European trawl fisheries.
In light of the political development in EU, a very large market potential is expected to appear for such an Excluder and the redemption of this market potential will result in
1. more successful implementation of the discard ban.
2. more selective and sustainable fisheries.
3. increased growth and revenue for companies in the project.

National Institute of Aquatic Resources, DTU Aqua
Danish Pelagic Producer Organization, Denmark (coordinator)
Tor-mo Trawl, Denmark
HG62 Beinur, Denmark
The Foundation for Scientific and Industrial Research, Norway

This project is funded by the Danish Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries through the Green Development and Demonstration Program (GUDP).

Research area: Ecosystem based Marine Management
Research area: Fisheries Technology
Effective start/end date01/01/201531/12/2016

Collaborative partners

  • Technical University of Denmark (lead)
  • Danish Pelagic Producers Organisation (Project partner)
  • Tor-mo trawl ApS (Project partner)
  • HG62 Beinur (Project partner)
  • Greenline Fishing Gear A/S (Project partner)


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