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Longlining is used worldwide and has adapted to local fish stocks, economy and traditions.  Longlining is energy efficient compared to other fishing methods and longline-caught fish is often of high quality. 

Longlining avoids both ghost fishing and damages to the sea bed.  Thus, the fish processing industry often prefers longline-caught fish, which is also of higher value in certain consumer markets.

However, higher costs, lower catch efficiency and the use of expensive bait are associated with longlining as are problems with size and species selectivity and unwanted by-catch.

Further development of longlining is of interest, both for governments and the industry.  Faroese, Icelandic and Norwegian scientific institutions therefore invited to a workshop in Reykjavík to address the challenges facing longline fisheries.

The objective was to channel information from the participants to the scientific community on the potential problems to address in future research and development projects.  Also, to form an international association of interested parties.

The presentations from the workshop are available below:

Tuesday October 19th
Opening session: 08:30 – 11:15

Why a workshop on longlining?
Edgar Henriksen, Nofima Market, Norway

The UK seafood market: where does longline-caught fish fit in?
Philip MacMullen, Seafish, UK

What is so good about longline-caught fish?
Terje Kjølsøy, Ålesundfisk AS, Norway

Documentation of quality and environment issues – is that useful?
Kine Mari Karlsen, Nofima Market, Norway

From Seafloor to Consumer- a value chain project for longline fishing.
Bjørn Tore Rotabakk, Nofima Mat, Norway

Technology and fish handling: 12:00 – 16:00

What do we need to know to design the next generation longline vessels?
Lasse Rindahl, SINTEF, Norway

Development of new hauling systems.
Roger Larsen, BFE, University of Tromsø, Norway

Challenges in further development of autoline.
Christian H. Engh, Mustad Longline, Norway

Challenges in designing systems for fish handling preserving quality and value through the value chain.
Sveinn Margeirsson, Matís, Iceland

How can IT improve the fleets over all efficiency?
Kolbeinn Gunnarsson, Trackwell, Iceland

Wednesday October 20th 

Business and economy: 08:30 – 11:00 

Is there a potential for improved earnings in the longline fleet and the value chain by marketing of the qualities of longline-caught fish?
Svavar Þór Guðmundsson, Sæmark Seafoods Ltd., Iceland

Optimizing profitability in the longline fleet. Which are the important parameters?
Erla Ósk Pétursdóttir, Vísir hf, Iceland

Longline-caught fish in the Faroese fishing industry.
Páll Gregersen, P/F PRG Export, Faroe Islands

Challenges in developing a longline fishery in Greenland.
Alfred E.R. Jacobsen, KNAPG, Greenland

Management 12:00 – 14:00

Strength and weaknesses in the Faroese fishing day's system in relation to boat owner's economy.
Johannus M. Olsen, the Faroese longliners organisation

Management regimes for fisheries with respect to efficiency and responsible fishing.
Dominic Rihan, Ireland, ICES-FAO Working Group on Fisheries Technology and Fish Behaviour.

How do regulations in general and parameter regulations especially affect longlining?
Svein Løkkeborg, Institute of Marine Research, Norway

What are the effects of stimulating longline fisheries with special reference to regional development?
Jahn Petter Johnsen, BFE, University of Tromsø

Summing up and closing: 14:15 – 15:30  

Chair in all sessions was Mike Pol, Sr. Marine Fisheries Biologist/Project Leader from the Division of Marine Fisheries at the Department of Fish and Game, Massachusetts, USA.  He is also the incoming chair at ICES-FAO WGFTFB.

In the planning committee for the workshop were:
Edgar Henriksen, Nofima Marked, Tromsø, Norway           Phone: +47 7762 9009.
E-mail: edgar.henriksen@nofima.no
Sveinn Margeirsson, Matís, Reykjavík, Iceland                      Phone: +354 422 5125.
E-mail: sveinn.margeirsson@matis.is
Bjarti Thomsen, Havstovan, Thorshavn, Faroe islands        Phone: +298 211 008.
E-mail: bjartit@hav.fo
Roger Larsen, BFE, UiT, Tromsø, Norway                                Phone +47 9766 9366,
E-mail: roger.larsen@uit.no
Lasse Rindahl, Sintef, Trondheim, Norway                             Phone: +47 9056 9476.
E-mail: lasse.rindahl@sintef.no

For further information regarding the workshop please contact:
Jónas R. Viðarsson, Matís, Reykjavík, Iceland                      Phone: +354 422 5107.
E-mail: jonas.r.vidarsson@matis.is

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