Safety and Training


Seafish Trawl Gear Technology and Selectivity Training Courses to be held at Hirtshals Flume Tank

12 December 2017

In 2018 Seafish will be running Trawl Gear Technology and Selectivity Training courses for fishermen from Scotland at the Sintef Flume Tank in Hirtshals, Denmark. The courses are part of a Seafish project supported by EMFF funding.

These courses will take the form of two days of intensive trawl gear work in the flume tank. Part of the time will be spent going through a standard gear syllabus that is relevant to all trawling and covers the basics of trawl gear and selective devices.

This initial part of the course introduces participants to the flume tank and its capabilities, and provides an invaluable insight for fisherman by allowing them to see what happens to their gear as they make everyday alterations to it. Time will also be spent demonstrating and experimenting with model trawls and trawl doors (if these are available) similar to those used by the participating fishermen. All commonly used selectivity devices will be demonstrated during the course. The course is suitable for skippers and crew from all sizes of vessel who are interested in expanding their knowledge and understanding of trawl gear.

The course dates are as follows:

Course 1 - Tuesday January 30th and Wednesday 31st January 2018          

Course 2 - Monday February 5th and Tuesday 6th February 2018 

Cost to participants is £100 per person per course.

First day - breakfast in the motel at 07.30 and a short walk to the Flume tank ready to start at 08.15. Lunch in the North Sea Centre will be at around 12.00, then back to the flume tank for the afternoon session. The days training will finish around 16.00-17.00. The second day will be the same routine with the course finishing at a similar time.

As the courses are held at the Sintef flume tank in Hirtshals, flights from UK to Denmark are necessary. The nearest airport to Hirtshals is Aalborg but at present there are very few direct flights from UK. Most flights involve a change at Copenhagen or Amsterdam.

Return flights are either early the next morning or in some cases that evening.  The travel arrangements for each course may vary depending on where the groups are from and which days of the week they are travelling on.

All participants are required to complete a brief application form before attending the course. 

For more information and to get an application form and secure your place please contact Mike Montgomerie:

Email -

Tel 01472 252 327

Mob 07984 565 386 

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