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Fish harvesting research in Canada

07 Mar 2013

A five year project with the aim of developing innovative harvesting systems specifically suited for shrimp and groundfish fisheries is being undertaken by Canadian researchers.

During the project, the Centre for Sustainable Aquatic Resources will use a combination of numerical modelling, flume tank testing, and full-scale sea trials. This initiative is collaboration with industry, Memorial University of Newfoundland, and researchers from Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

It is hoped that this project will minimise bottom contact and disturbance of the ocean seabed.

"With over 300 trawling vessels in the province, this project is highly relevant to our fishing industry and continuous research and development on new responsible harvesting techniques is one of the keys to long-term industry sustainability," said Paul Winger, director of the Centre for Sustainable Aquatic Resources. "We need to change with the times and become more sustainable in harvesting our resources. Through our partnership with the Provincial Government, we are making progress in developing innovative technologies that in time will lessen the ecological impact of bottom trawling for the long-term sustainability of the entire seafood industry."

This initiative is funded through the Fisheries Technology and New Opportunities Program. Budget 2012: People and Prosperity allocated $2.2 million for the Fisheries Technology and New Opportunities Program, as part of a three-year, $6.6 million total investment.