The Marine Institute of Memorial University (MI) is Canada's most comprehensive centre for education, training, applied research and industrial support for the oceans industries. MI has a number of specialized centres and units, including the Centre for Sustainable Aquatic Resources (C-SAR), which operates the world's largest flume tank - a state-of-the-art facility for the research and development of species selective and environmentally friendly bottom trawls.
Through this project, C-SAR and its commercial partner will aim to develop and commercialize new bottom trawl fishing technology capable of catching commercial quantities of finfish and shellfish with reduced seabed contact compared to traditional systems, thereby reducing significant environmental impact on the seabed. The objectives of the project are to conduct computer simulation of innovative fishing systems; evaluate physical models using the flume tank; and construct and evaluate full-scale prototypes. The resulting products will be commercialized and available for purchase locally, nationally, and internationally. Bottom trawling is the principal technique for capturing approximately 22 per cent of the world's fish production. Atlantic Canada alone has several hundred trawlers that could benefit from this new technology.