Europêche and ocean technologies pioneer Innomar have signed a memorandum of understanding towards the exploration of new ways of enhancing sustainable fishing and new methods of fishing. This could create new business opportunities and enable the industry to harvest healthy fish while continuing to minimise impact on the ecosystems.
Innomar’s main focus is providing traceable smart buoys and related software that tracks, monitors and gathers marine intelligence related to equipment and gear deployed in the ocean. Coupled with Innomar’s fishing traps, this would allow fishermen to execute controlled fishing with minimised risk of unwanted by-catch such as mammals or seabirds.
Some traps are even designed for targeted fishing of specific species, such as halibut. The traps are available in various sizes, from smaller units designed for single-handed operation to multiple traps in strings, very large traps for industrial fisheries as well as handling gear for easy deployment and harvesting. The traps may be placed near fish farms, offshore wind power installations or other sensitive areas.
‘Fishing companies are absolutely conscious of the need to take care of the marine environment. Our businesses and operations very much depend on healthy fish stocks and ecosystems,’ said Europêche managing director Daniel Voces.
‘Fishers are therefore always looking at new ways of reducing the environmental impact of traditional fishing gears while looking at innovative ways to catch fish. The collaboration with Innomar supports this continuous process.’
‘We are delighted to have signed this collaboration agreement with Europêche,’ commented Innomar CEO Tore Halvorsen.
‘This collaboration will enable our common thoughts about how we shall manage our ocean resources into action, and we look forward to implementing our technology in Europe. We base our business model on our own research and development which is done in cooperation with world-leading scientists and institutes. Together we create value by developing new digital tools and modern gears for sustainable fishing. Better quality, safety and less environmental impact are core principles we pursue to increase – value throughout the supply chain, from catch to plate.’