The Canadian Centre for Fisheries Innovation (CCFI) will study new shrimp trawl technology with the aid of $70,054 in funding from the provincial government.
Derrick Dalley, Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture, made the announcement Thursday.
A news release notes the objective of the project is to assess the harvesting effectiveness of a trawl with footgear that is more seabed friendly in comparison to a trawl with traditional footgear.
The new footgear features less contact points with the seabed than traditional equipment.
Robert Verge, managing director of the CCFI, says the project has the potential to benefit the provincial fishery from both an economic and environmental perspective.
“We appreciate the provincial government’s financial support for research that could potentially benefit shrimp enterprises throughout this province,” he said.
The project is being developed in collaboration with the Marine Institute’s Centre for Sustainable Aquatic Resources, which will undertake sea trials of the new equipment under standard inshore shrimp fishing conditions.