Three of New Zealand's largest seafood companies paired with Plant and Food research and the New Zealand Government have developed a way of keeping trawled fish alive and improves the likelihood of undersize fish escaping unharmed. This creates huge benefits to the the quality of trawled fish and sustainability efforts of the New Zealand fishing industry.
The system has been successfully trialled in commercial volumes The small fish escape unharmed from a new type of tunnel-like net end made of PVC, and bigger fish to be brought on board trawlers alive and in top condition. The fish can then be sorted, with bycatch species released.
The new system will continue to be trialled and other target species tested. Always exciting when new technology enters the industry that improves quality and is better for the fishery. Well done New Zealand!!
Here is a great video of the new technology in action.