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Description of trends in vessel and gear developments

Face to face interviews have been undertaken to identify the main changes in gear and vessel technology, which have improved the fishing efficiency of a number of French, Danish, English and Spanish fleets, over the past decades. Changes to deck equipment are regularly made to increase efficiency and there is a tendency in each fishery to reduce the number of crew, as this reduces costs. The replacement of a vessel�s engine was linked to the engine breaking down or to reduce the risk of breakdown.

The vast majority of vessels surveyed have installed state of the art onboard electronic equipment after it has become available. The rate of uptake varies from 4 years until all the vessels have the technology to 9 years with an average of about 6 years.

This equipment results in improved species location together with improved communications between vessels. Other specific features are the gradual appearance of twin trawls (Danish and French trawlers) and of trammel nets (French gill-netters), and the increased polyvalence of Basque bottom-trawlers.

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