Certifier : 
Lloyds Register (Acoura)
Certified status : 


This fishery has been independently assessed but was not
recommended for MSC certification.

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This Dutch fishery is located in the North Sea, and targets two species of flatfish –sole and plaice. 

Pulse trawling is a technologically advanced – although still controversial – variation on traditional beam trawling, invented in the Netherlands. Instead of the ‘tickler chains’ which disturb the seabed in front of the mouth of the net of a traditional beam trawl, allowing it to scoop up the fish, pulse trawling uses electrical drag wires mounted into the net. These send an electrical pulse around the net which shocks and stuns fish, facilitating their capture.

The method is still being assessed before any large-scale deployment, but it appears that support for the technology is growing across Europe. 

Sole (Solea solea) image © Scandinavian Fishing Year Book