Pulse trawl

Pulse fishing is an important innovation in the Dutch seabed fisheries. The key question is how fisherman can show convincingly that they have a sustainable pulse fishery.

Examples are the Danish CCTV (Closed Circuit TV) system, self-sampling methods, monitoring of technical developments in fishing gear and through interviews with Dutch skippers. In addition, this project demonstrates that pulse fishing is a sustainable alternative and economically meaningful innovation for traditional flatfish fishery.

Currently, this fishery is experimentally allowed by the European Commission. The Dutch government aims to recognize the pulse fishing as a generally allowable fishing. IMARES investigates a number of technical aspects of pulse fishing. The LEI examines with a feasibility study the socio-economic and financial developments and opportunities with respect to pulse fishing.

Main result of the project is a feasibility assessment of systems of self-monitoring in the pulse fishery and insight into the economic prospects of the fishing method. At the end of 2011 a first design of a monitoring program is provided for pulse fishing.