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Precision Seafood Harvesting (PSH) is a PGP programme that seeks to develop a new wildfish harvesting technology that will result in more precise catches, allowing fish to be landed fresher, in better condition, and of higher value.
The shareholders of PSH are Aotearoa Fisheries, Sanford, and the Sealord Group. The fishing companies involved in PSH hold between 30 and 60 percent of the quota for the nine top species fished in New Zealand waters.
Traditional fishing nets catch a wide variety of fish sizes and species, meaning a catch can include high proportions of undesired fish or undersized fish, which cannot be processed.
Fish can also be damaged in the process of being loaded onto the deck.
PSH has developed a prototype harvesting system that can target specific species and fish size, as well as enabling fish to be landed in much better condition than traditional trawls.
PSH will also explore methods for holding and on-rearing live fish to enable fresh fish to be provided on demand.
Under design test conditions, PSH's first trawl prototypes are successfully delivering low-fatigue, low-damage, and high-value fish. Commercial testing will commence in June 2013.
April-June 2013 Executive Summary
July-September 2013 Executive Summary
Programme start: April 2012
Length: 6 years
PGP funding: $26 million
Industry funding: $26 million
Crown funding paid out to programme for work done to 30 September 2013: $2,151,150
Commercial partners: Aotearoa Fisheries, Sanford and the Sealord Group
Steering Group members: Garry Wilson (Independent Chair), Greg Johansson (PSH), Ross Tocker (PSH), Steve Tarrant (PSH), Siobhan Ryan (MPI)
Estimated potential economic benefits to NZ: $43.6m per annum by 2025