WP4 Mediterranean case study
Description: The review of WP1, the methods developed in WP2 and the insights from WP3 will be used to inform and develop a towed demersal fishing gear that reduces fuel consumption, minimises seabed contact and gear drag, while maintaining catch rates of the target species. In the Mediterranean, we will focus on the development of a single-trawl on sandy substrate, which is typical for the whitefish fisheries. We will consider the overall gear design and all the individual components of a trawl gear (doors, sweeps, groundgear, floats, and netting). Fishing trials will take place comparing fuel efficiency, bottom contact, hydrodynamic drag, and catches of standard and new gears. The tensions in the towing wires, at positions immediately before and after the trawl doors, and just ahead of the trawl wingends will be measured using load cells. Door spread, wingend spread, and headline height will be measured using trawl geometry sensors. Disturbed sediment and the depth of penetration into the seabed will be assessed and fuel consumption will be measured.
This work package is led by CNR.