A new fishing technology aimed at reducing the number of unintentionally caught fish has been announced.

The technique is called Precision Seafood Harvesting (PSH) and was developed by Sanford, Aotearoa Fisheries, Sealord, the Ministry for Primary Industries, and Plant and Food Research.

It involves catching fish within a PVC tunnel allowing ‘by-catch’ or undersized fish to escape through holes in the liner and reducing physical damage to the fish caught. It also allows the fish to be bought on board still swimming in water – increasing the quality of fish sold.

PSH has been in the making for 10 years and is still in the testing phase. We look forward to learning more about the viability of PSH to increase sustainability practices in the fishing industry.