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When Was Trawling Invented
Jul 26, 2018

As early as the 10th to 14th centuries, large-scale trawling was already under way in Europe. In the 1376 British National Assembly, there was a record of overfishing in trawl fisheries, indicating that trawling in the North Sea fishing grounds in Europe is quite common.

In the 12th to 14th centuries, trawlers were also used in Asian countries such as Japan.

In the mid-19th century, motorized single-vessel trawling operations appeared in France and the United Kingdom.

In 1894, the Scots invented the straight-through stencil trawl, which replaced the long-term traverse trawl, thereby expanding the horizontal and vertical opening dimensions of the mesh opening, and the fishing efficiency was further improved.

At the beginning of the 20th century, France invented the VD-type trawl net between the net sleeve and the stencil, which greatly increased the sea-sweeping area of the trawl and significantly increased the catch. This type of fishing gear has therefore been rapidly adopted by various fishing countries around the world and has become a model for modern trawling.

In 1948, R. Lassen of Denmark created fishing gear and fishing methods for double-trailer trawling operations. Later, there appeared fishing gear and fishing methods for single-trawling mid-level trawling operations, thus extending the traditional working water layer from the bottom layer to all water layers. .

In 1954, the British single-stern slide trawl operation was successful and gradually became the main form of modern large-scale trawling operations.