Research project - SimuNet

SimuNet – A tool for fishing gear optimisation

For the development of innovative and sustainable fishing gear, we are working together with the Thünen-Institute of Baltic Sea Fisheries on a software tool to simulate the hydrodynamics and deformation of nets.

Funded by Europäischer Meeres- und Fischereifond (EMFF)
Ministerium für Landwirtschaft und Umwelt Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
Project duration 14.04.2020 – 30.06.2023
Description Through the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF), the EU fisheries policy calls for and promotes measures aimed at making fisheries competitive, environmentally sustainable, profitable, resource-efficient and socially responsible. Concerning the fishing gear used, this means:

• Adaptation of the selectivity of fishing gear to requirements,
• Reduction of the impact of fishing gear on the marine environment (e.g. the seabed),
• Reduction of the towing resistance of the fishing gear/system in order to reduce fuel consumption and thus CO2 emissions.

The development of new or improved fishing gear is a prerequisite for this. An important aid to its design is the prediction of the shape of the fishing gear and the associated hydrodynamics. However, there is currently a lack of simulation tools that allow the coupled analysis of hydrodynamics and deformation of the system.

For this reason, the present project aims to develop open-source simulation software that allows the coupled simulation of hydrodynamics and deformation of fishing gears. Although the focus within the project is on towed fishing gear (trawls), the simulation tool to be developed is also applicable to other types of fishing gear, such as pots, gillnets, seines and cages.
Involved partners Dipl.-Ing. Uwe Lichtenstein, Dr. Daniel Stepputtis, Thünen-Institute of Baltic Sea Fisheries

Dr. Daniel Priour, Institut français de recherche pour l'exploitation de la mer (IFREMER),
Contact Dr.-Ing. Karsten Breddermann