With pulse fishing, the heavy tickler chains of the classical beam trawler are replaced by much lighter wires through which electric impulses are sent. Advantages: Fuel consumption is 20 to 40% lower, there is less disturbance of the bottom, less by-catch and an improved catch. Bottom fish are not killed or paralyzed by the electriciy, as with electro-fishing, but only triggered to leave the bottom.
Due to the social debate on improving sustainability, the high fuel prices and low fish prices, fellow fishermen have expressed a great deal of interest. Results of a recent trial project with the UK 153 were so promising that the introduction of pulse fishing on a commercial basis was only a matter of time. Cooperation between Pieter Louwe van Slooten (ex UK 153), Verburg Holland BV and other interested fishermen from Stellendam, Texel and Urk offered the solution.