Improvement of energy efficiency of fishing gear (38886)

Project Details


The project’s aim is to demonstrate the best available technology in fishing gear and equipment, to lower the energy consumption and increase the profit of the vessels economy.

A typical fishing vessel from the Baltic area is used as demonstration platform. Change of trawl gear, doors and the additional rigging will be done. The trawl is constructed to give less water resistance. The doors to be used are pelagic doors, in contrast to the present doors that are typical bottom trawl doors. The lines and ropes are changed to the Dyneema material which has a higher braking point with a smaller diameter. Dyneema® is an UHMwPE fiber, DSM invented it 20 years ago and it's been in production since 1990, the fiber is incredibly versatile with virtually limitless applications. The fiber is manufactured by means of a gel-spinning process that combines extreme strength with incredible softness. High strength/low weight – Dyneema® is 15 times stronger than steel, and 40 % stronger than aramids on a weight-for-weight basis.

It is expected that the effect will reduce the energy consumption within 30-40 %. The results until now indicate that this goal can be reach.

Additional partners than the above mentioned: Five subcontractors.

The project is coordinated by Gemba Seafood Consulting, Denmark.

Research area: Fisheries Management
Effective start/end date01/01/201031/12/2011