(St. John’s, NL; December 13, 2013) The Marine Institute’s Centre for Sustainable Aquatic Resources (CSAR) will organize a two-day workshop on Technology in Support of a Sustainable Shrimp Fishery. The workshop, supported in part by a $20,000 investment from the province, will promote the use of ecologically-friendly approaches to shrimp trawling among harvesters by educating participants about recently developed technology.

In the news release on MI’s website the following quote is attributed to Keith Hutchings, Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture: “Sustainability and innovation are vital to the future of the province’s fishing industry, including the shrimp harvest. The Provincial Government’s investment of more than $19,000 will assist the Centre for Sustainable Aquatic Resources with putting together a workshop to showcase new technologies that can enhance our approach to shrimp harvesting.”

MI has completed extensive research into innovative trawl designs in recent years with funding support from the Provincial Government’s Fisheries Technology and New Opportunities Program. This includes designs that are more fuel efficient, twin trawls and trawls designed to minimize contact with the seabed. The workshop will provide demonstrations of this new technology, and will encourage discussions about how new technology can help harvesters enhance their current practices.

A formal statement from Dr. Paul Winger, Director, CSAR, was also included in the release. It reads as follows: “To continue to have a stable fishery in the future, we must look at the most sustainable methods of harvesting, and we need to make that knowledge accessible to harvesters. We would like to thank the Provincial Government for its support for this workshop and the ideas and education it will produce.”

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