Every fish alive

Every fish alive The split T90 codends rigged on Quicklines keep the meshes fully open and reduce pressure on the fish. Photo: Hampiðjan

Four panel codends, made in netting with a T90 configuration and rigged on Quicklines, have led to higher quality catches for one of HB Grandi’s fresher trawlers.

These split codends are made by Hampiðjan to a design by master netmaker Hermann Guðmundsson, manager at the company’s Akureyri branch. Constructed in 155mm netting and fitted to a Hemmer trawl, and with the whole rig made in T90, there has been a noticeable increase in quality as every fish in the catch is alive as the codends are hauled onto the deck.

“We used split codends in the past and in general these have worked very well. But there could be problems with unusually large hauls, although today that’s not something that should take you by surprise. Fishing gear technology has advanced so far now and the catch sensors and sounders give a very clear indication of the fish entering the trawl,” said Akurey’s skipper Eiríkur Jónsson.

“With the introduction of T90 netting from Hampiðjan and the Quicklines we saw a real change in these innovative codends. The bag opens much better than we were used to, which lets the smaller fish escape alive and the quality difference was unmistakeable in comparison to the traditional two-panel codends. With four-panel codends in T90 and split codends rigged on Quicklines, there is even more of a difference, in my opinion.”

He said that the codends were delivered to Akurey last autumn and he immediately saw that the wide-open meshes mean that there is less pressure on the fish.

“In a standard haul all the fish come on board alive and that makes a huge difference to the quality,” he said, adding that the only change that has been made to them is to extend them from the original 16.50 metres to 20 metres, the length the crew are used to working with.

Eiríkur Jónsson said that Akurey’s crew, most of whom were previously with him on board Sturlaugur H Böðvarsson, have had a long and successful co-operation with Hampiðjan and with Hermann Guðmundsson.

“The trawls we use are also Hermann’s design. These are Hemmer 470 trawls, with T90 netting throughout. These trawls and the split codends have worked out very well for us, and from what I hear, there are others who are interested in switching to these codends,” Eiríkur Jónsson said.

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