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Re-rigging vessels and new forms of fisheries management

Re-rigging vessels and new forms of fisheries management

Climate change will require development of new fishing technology and fishing gear. Managing authorities must put climate change into the equation when allocating fishing quotas.

What do rising temperatures signify for fish stock trends?  How will new species influence existing species? Will they eat each other or compete for the same food? When fish move to new areas due to climate change, which countries will then have the right to fish them? What makes a sustainable stock, if the stock is new to an area?

Future fisheries regulation and allocation of fishing quotas must consider these new questions raised by climate change.

New fishing opportunities for lost fishing opportunities
Danish fishermen receive a fixed share of the catches allowed in EU waters every year. This share is based on the historic catches of Danish fishermen in the individual areas of Danish national waters.

If the traditional fish species in Danish fishermen's catch disappear and are replaced by new species, Danish fishermen can exploit the new opportunities that arise instead.

Danish fishermen might have to fish further away from Denmark or they will have to fish for alternative or new species.

Fishing vessels and gear must be re-rigged
The Danish fishing vessels and gear are designed to catch the fish that currently inhabit the North Sea and the Baltic Sea.

If the traditional species disappear and are replaced by new species, vessels and gear will have to be re-rigged and refitted for the new species. This could require investing in new vessels and new gear.

Catch quality must be ensured
At the prospect of rising temperatures, it will be necessary to reassess the way catches are stored onboard fishing vessels. The vessels might have to be refitted to meet the new requirements for quality and hygiene.

Varying sea temperatures are common even today, when the summer months, for example, require special cooling measures onboard vessels so that the catch can be chilled straight from the net.

The most efficient way of chilling is achieved by storing the fish in ice water in insulated containers onboard the ship. This means that the equipment used for unloading the catch must be able to handle various container sizes, customized to the individual fishing vessel. 

The onland storage facilities will have to be reviewed and the processing industry will have to adapt from processing the traditional fish species to processing the new fish species.

Sales opportunities in the market must be examined, and investments must be made in marketing the new species and new products.