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SUBJECT: Speaking of Engineering… lecture series continues Jan. 19
DATE: Jan. 16, 2006

Have you ever wondered how engineering can help make fish harvesting safer? The Speaking of Engineering lecture series continues with a talk titled Redesigning fishing vessels for today’s changing fishery. Prof. Dag Friis will explain his research work on the current trends in fishing vessel proportions and arrangements and how they are creating a number of safety, energy efficiency, and quality and profitability issues.

Prof. Friis said the Ryan’s Commander disaster is probably the most poignant example of some of the issues the fish harvesting industry is facing in today’s environment. Each incident that leads to loss of life and/or loss of the vessel is a painful reminder of the danger of fish harvesting. Prof. Friis said that after the moratorium in 1992, fish harvesters had to be able to execute multi-species fisheries from a single vessel and it became necessary to fish farther and farther from shore. The boats in the inshore fleet (less than 65 feet in length) have been trying to adapt to these changes ever since stretching the capability of these vessels to the limit and beyond in some cases. The vessel size restrictions imposed by Department of Fisheries and Oceans regulations have not changed to reflect the drastically changed operational regime that is necessary for financial survival of the so-called inshore fleet, he added. This has meant that new vessels are wider and extended upwards in order to accommodate the different equipment.

Prof. Friis will tell how he and his colleagues are helping create safer workplaces in our fishery. Speaking of Engineering is hosted by the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at Memorial University and the Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Newfoundland and Labrador.

The event, hosted by the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at Memorial University and the Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Newfoundland and Labrador, will be held on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2006, at 7:30 p.m., in the S. J. Carew Building lecture theatre, room EN-2006, on Memorial’s St. John’s campus. Admission is free. Parking is available in Lot 16. All are welcome. Reception will follow.

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