WASSP Multibeam Sounder technology is aiding Norwegian scallop fishermen with their innovative way of harvesting the catch. Our customer Ava Ocean has been approved for harvesting 15,000 metric tons of scallops near Bear Island in the Barents Sea.
- We are using the live WASSP data to help us control the height of the fishing gear and avoid potential snags. We want to use the WASSP as a planning tool to help decide where to harvest. Based on bathymetry and backscatter information, we can find the densest beds of scallops, says captain Preben Molnes/Ava Ocean.
WASSP GIVES A COMPLETE PICTURE OF THE SEAFLOOR
The Ava Ocean vessel Arctic Pearl is a former 85 metre oil services vessel reconfigured to fit the purpose of gathering scallops off the seafloor with their new harvesting methods. The harvest occurs at 80-120 meters depth where the scallops are collected into a basket with very little bycatch.
The crew on the vessel are using WASSP’s F3x while harvesting to avoid changes in the sea floor that may damage the very sophisticated harvesting gear.
WASSP F3x is a multibeam sounder designed around the fully digital DRX transceiver. It features a low power processor - DRX-46, with a high-frequency transducer WMB-160 to give users a maximum depth of 500-600 m.
With wideband CHIRP technology and multibeam, users can scan up to a 120-degree (up to 3.5 times depth) swathe port-to-starboard for a complete picture of the seafloor bathymetry.
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