Innovation of seal-safe fishing gear (39564)

Project Details


The general aim of the project is to develop innovative fishing gear as alternatives to gillnets and hook-and-line fisheries in areas where seal attacks on catch and fishing gear are creating serious problems.

Specifically, the project will conduct fishing trials with three different alternative gears to:
1. Optimize the seal-safe Swedish Pontoon trap for catching cod. 2. Optimize the mini-seine for catching cod and flatfish.
3. Investigate cod pot catch rates over a whole year. In addition, the project will provide interested fishermen with the opportunity to borrow and test the sea-safe fishing gears.

The primary effect of the project will be to reduce the effects of seals on the small-scale gillnet and hook-and-line fisheries, and thus help the many small, coastal fishing vessels to be economically sustainable. The introduction of these seal-safe fishing gears will contribute to reducing the bycatch of species that are protected via the EU Habitat Directive (Directive 92/43/EØF of 21 May 1992), like e.g. harbour porpoise, and the EU Bird Directive (Council directive 2009/147/EG (79/409/EEG) of 30 November 2009) like e.g. eiders, cormorants and guillemots.

The projects is coordinated by DTU Aqua and is funded by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and the Danish Fisheries Agency.

Research area: Ecosystem based Marine Management
Research area: Fisheries Technology
Effective start/end date06/12/201711/12/2020