Fishing Gear

When selecting fishing methods, it’s important to take into consideration species, environment, weather, and tides. Our Basic Fishing Methods Booklet can help you to choose the right gear for the job, or you can read more about bottom-trawling methods in this Seafish guide. Alternatively, view our page on fishing gear options.

At Seafish, we devote a generous portion of our resources into fishing gear and technology research in order to develop more efficient, effective and eco-friendly fishing gear for the benefit of the industry and the environment. Here, we have detailed the most commonly used types of fishing gear, which we have split into three categories:

If you’re looking for more information, this PDF contains details about the history of fishing and fishing methods. There are more Seafish gear publications available on our downloads page.

Fishermen interested in undergoing extra training in the correct use of fishing gear may be interested in Trawl Gear Technology Training.

Seafish has developed Best Practice Guidance to make it easier for those involved in fishing gear trials to compare the cost and revenue of using old versus new gear and to provide a standardised approach to assess and report the financial effectiveness of experimental gear.