Monday, August 07, 2006


New Shrimp trawl reduces unwanted indescriminant by-catch by as much as 70%

Shrimp lovers can tuck into their favourite food with a less guilty conscience courtesy of a pioneering project that is reducing the environmental damage from shrimp trawling.

The project, funded by the multi-billion dollar Global Environment Facility (GEF), has dramatically cut the unwanted catch of young fish, turtles and other ‘by-catch’ by as much as 30 to 70 percent in some countries.

Shrimp fishermen, participating in the project, are also benefiting from the innovative initiative. In Mexico, one of the 12 countries involved, the deployment of environmentally friendly trawls allied to improved fishing methods has cut fuel costs on trawlers.

Significant successes are also being registered in Colombia and the Philippines. In almost all participating countries, sea trials have been conducted with improved trawls.

Economic benefits are emerging in other ways. Trawl nets now contain less unwanted, non-target fish, and other marine organisms--this is making it easier and quicker for fishermen to process the shrimp and thus leads to savings in terms of time and money and improved quality of the catch.

Update: NL govt PR on new shrimp trawl. I'm assuming it is one and the same.
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