Development of seal-safe fishing gear (Seal-Safe II) (39188)

Project Details


Increasing numbers of seals in Danish waters have in recent years made it difficult to conduct a economically sustainable coastal fishery with gillnets and hooks/lines. The objective of Seal-Safe is to improve the viability of these fisheries by developing efficient, environmentally friendly and seal-safe pots for catching cod. The pots will make it possible for the coastal fishermen to conduct a sustainable fishery without damages inflicted by seals.

The specific goal of Seal-Safe is to increase the catch rate to at least 4 kg cod per pot per day. Seal-Safe will attain this through a combination of fishing trials on board commercial fishing vessels and research into the behaviour of fish and seals around the pots.

National Institute of Aquatic Resources, DTU Aqua (coordinator)
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden
Aarhus University, Denmark
Nexø Vodbinderi, Denmark

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: Fish Biology
Effective start/end date01/06/201431/07/2016

Collaborative partners

  • Technical University of Denmark (lead)
  • Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (Project partner)
  • Aarhus University (Project partner)
  • Neksø Vodbinderi ApS (Project partner)


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