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Fish harvesting technology wins award

NZN 21/05/2016 Fiona Rotherham

Precision Seafood Harvesting has won an inaugural Maori innovation award at the annual Hi-Tech Awards for its sustainable fishing technology that allows wild fish to be selected and handled with better care to lift their value.

Sponsored by government-funded Callaghan Innovation, the Maori innovation award attracted a record number of entries for a new category.

Precision Seafood Harvesting does away with traditional trawl nets by allowing fish to be contained comfortably underwater inside a large flexible PVC liner where they are sorted for the correct size and species before being brought on board the fishing vessel.

Precision Seafood Harvesting is in the fourth year of its commercialisation phase following nearly 10 years of New Zealand research.

The design of its modular harvesting system allows fishing vessels to target specific in-shore species and fish size and increases protection for small fish that can swim through "escape portals" and non-target fish (by catch), which are released unharmed.

Once on deck, the fish still swim within the liner in perfect condition which means fresher and higher value products to consumers.

(BusinessDesk receives assistance from Callaghan Innovation to cover the commercialisation of innovation).

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