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The Development of a Novel Remote Stress Sensing System to Increase Safety, Efficiency and Reduce Environmental Effects in Fishing and Mooring applications

Objective

The EU fishing industry is a major source of employment and food providing more than 7.5 million tonnes of fish and employing over 526,000 people of which 88% work within the SME community. The European SMEs in this sector are under increased pressure to increase efficiency due to rising crude oil prices. In addition, there is the EU legislation on Total Allowable Catch or minimum landing sizes and the threat to close areas to fishing and aquaculture in order to recover stock, due to environmental effects of inefficient fishing which could have socio-economic effects on our community. Our need as representatives of the SME industry is to increase efficiency and safety in fishing and aquaculture as well as reduce the environmental effects. We recognise the need for a technology that will enable fishers to preserve the quality and freshness of fish, reduce trawling times and avoid problems caused by overfull trawls. Trawls are the most commercially used fishing method. It is very large and expensive with typical cost up to €135,000. A fishing vessel dragging the conical shaped net through water consumes a large amount of energy and with fuel being the most expensive expenditure, fisheries are fast becoming unprofitable. The proposed project will develop a stress monitoring system that will increase: efficiency in fishing, safety and life of fishing gear and mooring ropes.

Coordinator

THE SCOTTISH WHITE FISH PRODUCERS ASSOCIATION LIMITED

Address

Broad Street 40
Ab43 9ah Fraserburgh

United Kingdom

Activity type

Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

EU Contribution

€ 529 078

Administrative Contact

George Macrae (Mr.)

Participants (14)

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NORSKE SJOMATBEDRIFTERS SERVICEKONTOR

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 341 661

BUNDESVERBAND DER DEUTSCHEN FISHINDUSTRIE UND DES FISCHGROSSHANDELS E.V.

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 339 261

WIRE BELT COMPANY LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 114 523

STAVANGER INSTALLSJON AUTOMASJON AS

Norway

Webster and Horsfall Limited

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 108 158,75

DENEBULA LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 93 782,25

REFA MED SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 105 201

Seloy Undervannsservice AS

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 81 874,75

THE UK HEALTH & ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH INSTITUTE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 55 755

TEKNOLOGISK INSTITUTT AS

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 30 060

POLITECHNIKA GDANSKA

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 4 000

INSTITUTO PEDRO NUNES ASSOCIACAO PARA A INOVACAO E DESENVOLVIMENTO EM CIENCIA E TECNOLOGIA

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 7 700

TECHNOSAM SRL

Romania

EU Contribution

€ 74 397

AGW ELECTRONICS LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 101 641,25

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 218366

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 November 2008

  • End date

    31 January 2012

Funded under:

FP7-SME

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 567 668,20

  • EU contribution

    € 1 987 093

Coordinated by:

THE SCOTTISH WHITE FISH PRODUCERS ASSOCIATION LIMITED

United Kingdom