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Title:
METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR HANDLING A CATCH OF FISH IN A FISHING
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2018/222053
Kind Code:
A4
Abstract:
This publication relates to a system and a method for hauling fish gear, such as longlines, gillnets or demersal seine nets, into a fishing vessel (10) and collecting and transporting catch (12) to a working station, using a hatch (16) in a part of a hull exposed to the sea and arranged in a water line region (27) of the vessel (10); a vertical well (18) for receipt of at least a part of the catch through the hatch (16); a transport device for transporting the catch to the deck; and with means for bringing the catch to flow towards the transport device. The transport device (24,25) used is arranged in a shaft (19), separated from the well (18), and a closable opening or hatch (23) is arranged in a wall or bulkhead (21) between the well (18) and the shaft (19) and with a devices for opening and closing the opening or hatch (23), a bottom (22) in the shaft (19) arranged at a lower level than the lower end of the closable opening or hatch (23) and a water level in the well (18); and a device for reducing the water level in the shaft (19).

Inventors:
LARSEN, Asbjørn Ingemar (Toftenes, Alsvåg, N-8432, NO)
Application Number:
NO2018/050144
Publication Date:
December 06, 2018
Filing Date:
May 31, 2018
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
LARSEN, Asbjørn Ingemar (Toftenes, Alsvåg, N-8432, NO)
International Classes:
A01K73/06; A01K79/00; A01K91/18; A22C25/08; B63B35/18; B63B35/14
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
ACAPO AS (P.O.box 1880 Nordnes, Bergen, N-5817, NO)
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Claims:
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AMENDED CLAIMS

received by the International Bureau on 13 December 2018 (13.12.2018)

1. System for hauling fish gear, such as longlines, gillnets or demersal seine nets, into a fishing vessel (10) and collecting and transporting catch (12) to a working station onboard a vessel, comprising an opening or a hatch (16) in a part of a hull of the fishing vessel (10) exposed to the sea, the opening or hatch (16) being arranged in a water line region (27) of the fishing vessel (10); a vertical well (18) for receipt of at least a part of the catch, the vertical well extending from a level below a lower edge of the opening or hatch (16) to a deck above the upper edge of the opening or hatch (16); a transport device (24) for transporting the catch to the deck; and with means for bringing the catch to flow towards the transport device (24),

c h a r a c t e ri z e d i n t h a t the transport device (24) is arranged in a shaft (19), separated from the vertical well (18), and a closable opening or hatch (23) is arranged in a wall or bulkhead (21), positioned between the vertical well (18) and the shaft (19) and with a devices for opening and closing the opening or hatch (23) in the wall or bulkhead (21), a bottom (22) in the shaft (19) being arranged at a lower level than the lower end of the closable opening or hatch (23) in the wall or bulkhead (21) and a water level in the vertical well (18); and a device for reducing the water level in the shaft (19).

2. System according to claim 1 , wherein the transport device (24) comprises a lift with lifting cage (25), arranged and positioned in such way with respect to the closable opening or hatch (23) in the wall or bulkhead (21) that the catch is collected in the cage (25) while water is allowed to flow out.

3. System according to claim 2, wherein a bottom in the cage (25), when positioned in its lower position in the shaft (19) is at a level above the bottom (20) of the vertical well (18), and that the cage (25) preferably has an open end facing the opening or hatch (23), covering a light opening of the opening or hatch (23, so that the catch is only allowed to enter the cage (25), and where a bottom (20) of the vertical well (18) preferably is positioned at a level than the lower edge of the opening or hatch (16) in the side of the vessel (10).

4. System according to one of the claims 1 to 3, wherein the shaft (19) is provided with a device for more or less continued to remove water from the bottom of the shaft, and where the bottom (20) of the vertical well (18) is slanted downwards 20

toward the opening or hatch (23) in the wall or bulkhead (19).

5. System according to one of the claims 1 to 4, wherein the bottom (20) in the vertical well (18) is provided with impact or shock absorbing devices (26).

6. System for landing a catch from a demersal seine net onboard a vessel, comprising a closable opening or hatch (16) in a waterline region (27) of a hull side, and a vertical well (18) for receipt of the catch, and with transport devices (24) for lifting the catch up to a higher level for further processing of the catch,

c h a r a c t e ri z e d i n that the hull side is provided with a connection device arranged in association with the opening or hatch (16), configured to co-function with a complementary connection device arranged on a part of the purse sein net, providing a joint which prevent the catch to drop back into the sea. 7. System according to claim 6, wherein the connection device is in the form of a pair of vertical rails arranged on each side of the opening or hatch (16), provided with guiding surfaces allowing the complementary connection device on the demersal seine net to be skidded down along the vertical rails. 8. System according to one of the claims 6 or 7, where the collected catch can be transported up to a working station either by a conveyor device arranged inside the vertical well or a lifting system arranged in an adjacent shaft, separated by a vertical wall or bulkhead, provided with a closable opening or hatch in the vertical wall or bulk\head.

9. Method for hauling fishing gears (11 , 11 ')), such as longlines, gillnets or demersal seine nets, into a fishing vessel (10), where the fishing gear (1 1 , 11 ') is pulled or the catch is transferred more or less continuously into a transfer well (18) in the vessel (10) through a closeable pull-in opening or hatch (16) arranged in the water line region (27) of a vessel hull, exposing the opening or hatch (16) to the sea, and where a part of the catch collected in the transfer well (18) is transferred to a working station by means of a transport device (24) for further processing, c h a r a c t e ri z e d by arranging the transport device (24) in a shaft (19) arranged adjacent the transfer well (18); that the transfer well (18) and the shaft (19), separating the transfer well (18) and the shaft (19 with a wall or a bulkhead (21) and arranging an closable opening or hatch (23) in the wall or bulkhead (21); bringing a cage (25) in position with respect to the closeable opening or hatch (23); opening the 21

hatch (23), allowing water and fish to enter the cage (25); closing the hatch (23) and lifting the cage (25) with fish to a station above and removing water from a bottom (22) of the shaft , whereupon the cage(25) is lowered to its initial, lower position. 10. Method according to claim 9, wherein opening and closing of the hatch (23) is controlled governed by the position of the cage (25) so that the hatch (23) is allowed to open only when the cage (25) is in its lower position adjacent the hatch (23).

11. Method according to claim 10, wherein the transport device (24,25) is configured to allow fish and water to flow into the cage where the fish is prevented from dropping out while the water is allowed to escape.

12. Method according to one of the claims 9 to 1 1 , wherein the opening of the hatch (23) in the wall or bulkhead (21) and the movement of the transport device (24,25) is synchronized in such way that the hatch (23) is not opened until the stage where the cage (25) is in the required position with respect to the hatch (23) in the bulkhead (21), and that the cage (24) remains in this position until the hatch (23) in the bulkhead (21) is closed again. 13. Method for transferring fish from a demersal seine net (1 1') to a fishing vessel (10) provided with a closeable opening or hatch (16) in the vessel (10) side, communicating with a well (18) and/or shaft (19) inside the vessel (10) provided with device for transport caught fish to a handling station, the method comprises bringing a part of the demersal seine net (11 ') into position with respect to the hatch (16), opening the hatch while a part of the demersal seine net (1 1') is lifted by means of a crane or winch system (34) onboard the vessel (10), whereupon fish is transferred from the demersal seine net (11') into the well (18) and/or shaft (19) for transfer to the handling station. 14. Method according to claim 13, wherein the vessel (10) is provided with a pair of rails (31) arranged on each side of the hatch (16) , the rails (31) being configured to receive complementary device (32) in the demersal seine net (11 ') for allowing the complementary device (32) to be skidded down along the rails (31) for connecting the demersal seine net (1 1') to the hatch (16), allowing fish to be transferred from the demersal seine net (1 1') into the well (18) and/or shaft (19). 22

15. Method according to claim13 or 14, wherein a line is connected to a rear part of the demersal seine net (1 1') for lifting the rear part (33)up by means of a winch or a crane (34), bringing the fish inside the demersal seine net (11') to move through the hatch (16) and into the well (18) and/or the shaft (10) for further transport to the handling station.