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NEW ACTIVE FISHING GEAR An overview of recent activities on bottom trawl and Danish seine for codfish in the Atlantic waters .


The most helpful data for fishing fleets in different countries in the European Union were found in the EU-stat
register of fisheries: http://ec.europa.eu/fisheries/fleetstatistics/index.cfm?Ing=en
The table below show the total EU fishing fleet (27 nations) comprises near 86 000 vessels in 2008.
Norway, Iceland and Faeroe Islands are not included in all this statistics.
Composition of the EU fleet in three main groups by fishing gear; Passive gear, towed gear and mobile gear.

Composition of the EU neet in lhree main groups by fishing gear; Passive gear, towed gear and
mobile gear.
Gear typology Number of vessels Tonnage (GT) Engine power (kW) Mean (GT) Mean (kW)
Passive Gear 68.033 366.356 2.650.048 5.38 38.95
Towed Gear I 13. 731 l.252.197 3.469.660 91,19 252,69
Mobile Gear 4.124 235.584 702.315 57,13 170.30
TOTAL I 85.888 1.854.137 6.822.023 21,59 79,43

In 2008 Iceland had a fishing fleet of 214 and Norway 338 vessels in the length groups from 24 meter and over.
These vessels are mainly fishing bottom fish (cod, saithe, haddock etc.) with long-line, gillnets, Danish seine or
bottom otter trawl, and pelagic fish (herring, mackerel, blue whiting, capelin) with pelagic trawl or purse seine.
In chapter 1.4 more detailed information is given about type of Towed fishing gears used in different EU countries.
In Table 7 we find number of vessels using different types of Towed gears: Beam trawls (981 vessels), bottom
otter trawls (8516), bottom pair trawls (111 ), midwater otter trawls (783 vessels), midwater pair trawls (107
vessels) and otter twin trawls (151 vessels). Table 9 gives an overview other types of towed gears like seines and
dredges. Danish seines (l45 vessels), Scottish seines (79) and pair seines (5).






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