Winner of the Supreme New Zealand Innovator Award at the 2014 NZ Innovators Awards, Precision Seafood Harvesting is a new, sustainable fishing technology that will change the way New Zealand, and eventually the world, fishes.
Precision Seafood Harvesting is the commercialisation phase of nearly ten years of New Zealand research by Plant & Food Research. Fishing companies Aotearoa Fisheries, Sanford and Sealord are key commercialisation partners with the Ministry for Primary Industries. Scientists at Plant & Food Research are partnering with the fishing companies to develop and trial the technology on commercial fishing vessels.
The new harvest technology, Modular Harvesting System has a break-through design sees fish contained and swimming in a large flexible PVC liner. Holes in the liner allow small fish to escape at depth and, once on the deck, any off-target fish are able to be returned to the sea alive and unharmed. Enabling fish to be landed in a better condition also leads to premium pricing in export markets.