Nor-Fishing’s 2018 Innovation Award finalists

Nor-Fishing’s 2018 Innovation Award finalists Liv Holmefjord of the Directorate of Fisheries and Fisheries Minister Per Sandberg with the 2016 Innovation Award winners. Image: Nor-Fishing

This year the Nor-Fishing Foundation received fourteen applications for its Innovation Award; five more than for Nor-Fishing 2016. This year the focus is on safety and the reduction of harmful effects on the environment. There is also a focus on technology contributing to sustainable fisheries. The jury found that several of the applications show a high level of innovation that can contribute to a sound development of the industry.

The jury consists of Jan Henrik Sandberg of the Norwegian Fishermen’s Association, Oddvar Staulen of Innovation Norway and Kjell Maroni  of the Norwegian Seafood Research Fund, who have carefully examined each application. They have now submitted their selection of three finalists to the Board of Directors of the Nor-Fishing Foundation. The finalists are Liegruppen Fiskeri AS and Salt Ship Design AS, Sago Solutions AS and Stø Technology AS.

The Innovation Award will be presented by Minister of Fisheries Per Sandberg on the opening day of Nor-Fishing 2018.

Liegruppen Fiskeri AS and Salt Ship Design AS have developed a high-tech, cost-effective and environment-friendly fishing vessel design, and the new vessel will be delivered during the first quarter of 2020. Experience from this project may have great importance for the development of environment friendly vessels in Norway and internationally in the future.

This will be the very first fishing vessel powered by a main engine running 95% on LNG, but which also can run on diesel. The main engine’s dimensions are designed for the power needs for propulsion and electrical power for normal operations. One of the auxiliary engines can also switch from LNG to diesel and supplement the main engine during periods of bad weather.

The core of the hybrid battery system is a battery bank with a maximum energy content of 500kWh. By using electrically-powered deck machinery, a significant reduction of fuel consumption can be achieved. A gas-powered boiler in combination with heat recovery will also contribute to this.

Turbines in the tanks that are in contradiction with the ship's movements will generate energy absorbed in batteries. The effect of the innovative systems is intended to reduce fuel consumption by approximately 15%, NOx emissions by around 80% and CO2 emissions by 24%.

Sago Solutions AS has been developing an innovative catch-securing system for line fishing, especially for use in connection with fishing for toothfish in the South Ocean. In this fishery there is a  problem with whales eating the fish on the line when it is hauled to the surface. This problem can often be so serious as to threaten sustainability in parts of the industry.

In particular, sperm whales and killer whales can in some waters steal about 75% of the catch. The same problem also exists in connection with for example the Greenland halibut fishery in the Vesterålen region in Norway. In addition to the financial loss, this also generates environmental challenges. More fishing time is required to catch quotas, resulting in increased emissions. Whales get access to large amounts of food without active hunting, and for the killer whale, toothfish is not part of its natural diet, as they live at different depths.

The total consequences of this problem are still unclear.

The Sago Extreme is a large aluminium structure that protects the fish on the line. The line is fed through the aluminium shell and collects the catch already on the seabed. By-catch and small fish escape through holes in the structure. Sago Extreme can be produced in a range of sizes for different fishing operations. Each Sago Extreme has a set length of line that ends in a stopper, which brings the aluminium to the surface to be lifted on board.

Stø Technology AS's innovation is a catch management system that aims to eliminate most of the quality challenges associated with traditional trawl fishing. The project, called TRAWL 2.0, also aims at significant improvements in environment, efficiency, HSE and animal welfare, as well as optimised resource utilisation and increased value creation on board.

The company is developing completely new and patented technology that allows for a gentle recovery of the catch from the trawl without interrupting the actual trawling operation. This is expected to allow a trawler to have a more continuous and consistent raw material flow than today, without the traditional quality problems occurring.

In addition to recovering the catch, the catch management system can also be used for fish finding and trawl surveillance. The company considers the technology leap as disruptive, with major implications for future vessel and process optimisation, new operating modes and business models, as well as market development.

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