Fishing and Fish Processing Vessels
processing vessel, is a large ocean-going vessel with extensive
on-board facilities for processing and freezing caught fish.
According to the FAO, there are about 38,400 vessels greater
than 100 tons in the world's factory fishing fleet.
Contemporary factory ships are automated and enlarged versions
of the earlier whalers and their use for fishing has grown
dramatically. Some factory ships also function as mother ships.
A fishing vessel is a boat or ship used to catch fish in
the sea, or on a lake or river. Many different kinds of vessels
are used in commercial, artisanal and recreational fishing.
According to the FAO, there are currently (2004) four million
commercial fishing vessels. About 1.3 million of these are
decked vessels with enclosed areas. Nearly all of these decked
vessels are mechanised, and 40,000 of them are over 100 tons.
At the other extreme, two-thirds (1.8 million) of the undecked
boats are traditional craft of various types, powered only
by sail and oars. These boats are used by artisan fishers.
It is difficult to estimate the number of recreational fishing
boats. They range in size from small dingies to large charter
cruisers, and unlike commercial fishing vessels, are often
not dedicated just to fishing.
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