A Clean, Green Machine
Here are the reasons we’re building sailing fishing boats:
One: To clean up our oceans, and keep them clean! Sailing fishing boats live off the wind, don’t use oil resources, don’t pollute, and don’t add to global warming.
Two: Ocean resource conservation: the fishing method these boats use eliminates the tragic waste of “bycatch”, where seals, dolphins, turtles, and non-targeted species of fish are also caught, killed, then dumped over the side. This fishing method also eliminates the destruction of marine habitat and life wrought by net-fishing, especially factory trawling, which drags huge nets with steel cables and steel plates directly over the ocean floor. Both of these are a total waste of marine life that is currently considered “business as usual” in the commercial fishing industry.
Three: Affordable fish for YOU! When the cost of fuel is taken out of the cost of fish, your local ocean fish prices could go down to half what they are now.
Four: Better wages for the fisherman; he can catch half as much fish and produce the same economic benefits for his family.
Five: MORE Ocean Resource Conservation: When the fisherman only has to catch half as much fish to make the same amount of money, he has the option of leaving the other half in the ocean. We can then use intelligent management practices to conserve ocean resources, rather than being politically bound to meet the needs of corporate and factory fishing interests.
Six: fishing boats that use virtually no fuel help conserve existing oil resources.
Seven: They’re sustainable. Our oil resources may not be cheap or available forever, but the wind is always free! Sailing fishing boats are the most sustainable type of fishing vessel!
(Below) Light on the ocean, you get the most miles at the fastest speed with virtually no fuel consumption from this type of vessel.
This is what we are going to replace:
(Below) A 130-meter long factory freezer trawler. Not clean, not green, and with rising fuel costs, this vessel is a dinosaur on its way out.
(Below) A Tuna Purse Seiner.