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European seiner
European seiner
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Deck TypeDecked vesselsOverviewEuropean seiners are most common in Scandinavia, the North Sea, Baltic and all waters fished by European nations and like all purse seiners are a most effective vessels for catching aggregating species near the surface. The vessel surrounds the shoal with a deep curtain of netting and than the bottom of the net is pursed (closed) underneath the shoal by hauling a wire which runs from the vessel through rings on the bottom of the net and back to the vessel. Searching for shoals and assessing the size and direction of movement of it are the most important part of the fishing operation. For improved manoeuvrability during fishing operations the vessels may be equipped with bow thrusters.Vessel ClassLengthnormally > 30 meters  (LOA) Powernormally > 350 HpTonnagenormally > 60 GT  (GRT in register tons) Deck ArrangementThis type of purse seiner has the bridge and accomodation located more to the after part of the vessel with the working deck amidships. The gear is carried and stowed in a net bin at the very aft part of the vessel. The net is set over the stern from this position. The pursing winch will normally be positioned at the forward part of the working deck.Catch Handling and Processing EquipmentNormally fresh or RSW.EquipmentDeck EquipmentFor hauling the net a triple roller (triplex) is used. Seine slide or tube and transport drums assist the transportation of the seine to the bin. The pursing winch is situated at the forepart of the vessel. Fish pumps are used for emptying the seine.Fish Detection EquipmentAdvanced electronic equipment as, different types of echosounders and sonars, and track plotters, support the search of shoals, assessing the size and movement of and keep in touch with the shoal whilst surrounding it with the seine.Fishing Gear Purse seines.
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