Selective fishing with automated monofilament line systems

To develop a new flexible automated line fishing system suitable for small boats. The technology should be based on an automated 'snap-on / snap-off' solution for hooks and monofilament main lines.

Line fishing has the potential of being a very selective fishing method with a unique ability to fish only the size and species wanted, and with 40% less fuel consumption and better catch quality compared to trawling and other net-based fishing methods. The down side is traditionally a lot of manual labour. This project will develop a new, flexible automated line fishing system suitable for smaller boats. The technology should be based on an automated 'snap-on / snap-off' solution for snoods and hooks and monofilament main lines. This includes product development, material technology, redesign and adoption of existing modules, and transfer of know-how and experience. The project will contain the following main activities: ACTIVITY 1: TEST METHODS AND PRODUCTIVITY MODELS. (2006) The first activity is a preparation of the research project by developing the test methods that will be used in the project. The test methods are based on well-known test fishing methods, but in addition test methods should be developed in order to find the best design of the equipment regarding HES (Health, Environment and Safety) issues, etc. In order to compare the conventional fishing methods as well as different new solutions, a model for calculation productivity will be developed. ACTIVITY 2: INITIAL STUDY OF CURRENT FISHING METHODS IN SPAIN. (2006) Mapping of requirements and needs specific to Spanish fishing fleet. This mapping should cover current fishing methods, catch rates, HES issues, etc. Test fishing with current equipment is an important part of this activity. Activity 1 should result in a report describing the current status, and will be a reference for future test fishing and productivity analysis. ACTIVITY 3: INITIAL PRODUCT CONCEPT DEVELOPMENT. (2006) The product must reflect the goals as described in the next chapter. The R&D will contain the following: - Product life cycle analysis - including models for stress loads, maintenance, etc. - Materials selections - including optimisation of cost/benefit models. - Product design development - HES, design for manufacturing, etc. - Manufacturing systems design. - Manufacturing of initial prototypes. ACTIVITY 4: LONG-TERM FIELD TESTING OF PROTOTYPES. (2007) The initial prototypes will be tested through an extensive field study, and according to the test methods developed in Activity 1. The testing will be conducted in a systematic way and a matrix of different parameters will be tested. ACTIVITY 5: DETAILED PRODUCT DESIGN. (2007/2008) From the information collected through the long-term field tests, the detailed product design is made - with more details on the issues mentioned in activity 3. The first complete prototype will be manufactured. ACTIVITY 6: PRODUCT QUALIFICATION. (2008/ 2009) A new long-term field test with the complete prototype should be the final (internal) qualification of the product, and will decide if the project is a success, and if the product can be released for commercialisation, initial production and later full-scale production. ACTIVITY 7: WORLDWIDE COASTAL FISHING SURVEY. (2007/2008) MUSTAD LONGLINE will conduct a worldwide survey on coastal fishing in order to map the potential of the coastal system developed in this project. Keywords: line fishing, monofilament line, sustainable fishing.
Project ID: 
3 826
Start date: 
Project Duration: 
Project costs: 
2 500 000.00€
Technological Area: 
Fish / Fisheries / Fishing Technology
Market Area: 
Fishing, Sea Food and Farming

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