Fishing methods and fishing gear
A broad variety of fishing gear is essential to catch the fish and shellfish for Polar Seafood’s wide product range. We continue to invest a substantial amount of money and time in developing environmentally safe solutions, whilst considering the natural behaviour of fish, sea birds and marine mammals, always with the aim of avoiding environmental damage.
Since 2004, all prawn trawlers have been equipped with fish-excluding devices, the so-called Normore grid, to minimise bycatch of cod, Greenland halibut and other fish species. Other examples are sorting grids in ground fish trawls, designed to keep the juvenile fish out of the trawl. For instance, just by changing the time and place for the gillnet settings for lumpfish, this has reduced the bycatch of seabirds from substantial amounts to almost zero (when the nets are set, the seabirds, mainly common eider, are elsewhere; when the seabirds are present, no fishery takes place).
Experiments with new types of trawl doors have shown to be effective in reducing the impact of the fishery on the sea bed fauna – a major concern to many environmentalists.
Such precautions, known as “technical measures”, are ongoing and Polar Seafood takes great responsibility to stay ahead of the game. To maintain the highest degree of environmental responsibility within our management and among our fishermen, we work closely with the fishing gear technologists and the biologist, always aiming to serve nature in the most effective way.
Since 2004 all prawn trawls have been equipped with fish-excluding devices – the so-called Normore grid – to minimise bycatch of cod, Greenland halibut and other fish species.