The Project aims to establish the feasibility of a sail assisted commercial fishing vessel.
When conditions are suitable using wind for propulsion to and from the fishing grounds it will utilise a renewable resource that will also reduce carbon emissions in the process. The energy and physical space available will limit the fishing methods that can be employed, with long-lining lending itself best to these constraints; long-lining produces high quality fish and is amongst the most sustainable of commercial fishing methods.
With a limited catching ability, the fish caught shall be used for market assessment and research. Shetland Seafood Quality Control shall undertake an independent evaluation of the whitefish quality of sail caught fish with current fishing techniques through visual assessment, microbiological shelf-life and sensory assessment.
Through this process it is hoped to create a niche market for low carbon line caught fish.