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Retail Overview Q1 2012

R, Watson

Q1 2012. Retail Summary (focus on chilled): Seafood value, volume, value; share of trade; switching and promotions; most popular species; economic context; demographics; UK Shopper; Insight

April 2012Download PDF

Evaluation of free of flesh shell criteria; implementation and uptake evaluation

Aquatic Water Services Ltd

Following on from a previous study to develop test criteria for defining 'free of flesh' shell, further trials have been undertaken to see whether a leach based test methodology could be used as an alternative. Additional tests were carried out on a range of different processes to identify which may be commercially feasible for producing free of flesh shell. The results of the trials showed that the leach based testing methodology was not reliable as a method. Crushing shell is an important stage in difficult to clean products such as crab. A commercial hybrid shell cleaning system could be suitable for commercial use but further engineering is required to develop a suitable system and the commercial viability will be dependant on any value of the clean shell by-products.

March 2012Download PDF

Effects of electrofishing for Ensis spp. on benthic macrofauna, epifauna and fish species. SR652

Woolmer A, Maxwell E, Lart W

This report summarises the results of experimental work carried out as part of “Design and Trials of Electrofishing System for Razorclams – FIFG 57437 and Seafish IPF funding project C85”. The aim of the project was to design and trial methods of harvesting Ensis spp. using electrical stimulus with the intention of providing a more environmentally benign alternative to existing hydraulic and toothed dredges. The results of this study demonstrate that the effects of electrofishing gear employing relatively low DC voltage and amperage can be effectively used in the harvest of Ensis spp. without serious negative effects on the epifaunal and macrofaunal benthic community.

November 2011Download PDF

An investigation into the information requirements of businesses sourcing sustainable seafood

W. Lart (Editor)

The results of a survey of personnel responsible for sourcing seafood in the processing, retailing and restaurant sectors will be used in the development of the Seafish responsible sourcing guides.

December 2010Download PDF

Sail Power (Part II)

Richard Caslake

This reports the development and testing a means of integrating sail power for use on commercial fishing vessels. This report is part two of the Seafish report SR630 and describes work carried out on the construction, deployment and testing of an innovative foresail on a 21 meter commercial fishing vessel, the MFV Nova Spero (CN 187). The sail was initially tested during instrumented sea trials in Mounts Bay in Cornwall and subsequently deployed during three commercial Tuna trips to the Bay of Biscay. This report includes details of the: • Construction and fitting of the Forestay and Foresail • Initial seal trials • Modifications made to the foresail and rigging • Results of instrumented sail performance trials • Commercial trials results • Future developments

November 2010Download PDF