Fishers modernise fleets

A shipyard in northern Jutland has begun work on the country's largest fishing boat, part of a nationwide trend to modernise the fishing fleet

The Danish fishing fleet included 3467 registered ships in 2005 and exported DKK 17.8 billion of fish last year - an increase of seven percent, even though the number of ships in the fleet has decreased.

Denmark's largest fishing ship, the Gitte Herning of Tyhborøn in Jutland, will join the fleet in two years. The ship, with an estimated cost of DKK 100 million, is 75.4 metres long and will draw on 8000 horsepower.

The trend toward fewer ships with larger capacities is largely inspired by fishing companies purchasing the quotas of smaller companies and consolidating them, said Ole Larsen, department head for the Danish Fisherman's Association.

'We have a qualified expectation that there will be fewer and newer ships. If you want to secure better working conditions, then the ships automatically become larger,' said Larsen.

The modern fishing ships are able to catch and preserve their catch and transport the fish which are pumped directly into the factory when the craft arrives in port.

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