Fishing for SustainabilityNorth Sea Fish Trawler
Few environments are as challenging as those on a fishing trawler. Fishing is a business in which time is money, and hygiene is of the utmost importance.
ACT.Global was asked to put the ACT Solution to the test by a major Scandinavian fishing company, onboard one of their largest ships. It’s an environment where the crew stays at sea for days at a time, and work hard around the clock regardless of the weather conditions where they also have to of ensure a clean and safe environment for the crew and its catch.
The entire trawler was therefore coated with ACT CleanCoat®, an invisible, odorless treatment that renders surfaces self-disinfecting. We also introduced cleaning with the environmentally friendly ACT ECA Water and provided the crew with ACT Hand Protect that keep hands anti-microbial for minimum three hours after each application.
Most critically, the ACT Solution was implemented on the production deck where a fresh catch is divided according to size, quality-controlled, and transferred to chambers where the fish can be frozen into blocks.
Cleaning the production deck is crucial, and under the old system it was a more cumbersome process that relied on harsh and corrosive chemicals. With the ACT CleanCoat® and ACT ECA System the production deck is now kept clean and anti-microbial through a safe and eco-friendly solution.
Implementing the ACT Solution on the entire trawler resulted in a significant reduction of microbial load, keeping it well within the acceptable limit.
Graph: Development of TPC and ATP levels before and after implementation of ACT Solution
Implementation of ACT Solution
Max threshold TPC [CFU/cm2/threshold] ATP [fmol/threshold]
P1: Before implementation of ACT Solution, P2: Six weeks after implementation, P3: Six months after implementation
The move away from harsh chemicals, protection clothes and masks also means there’s not any longer a need to close the production deck when it’s being cleaned with the safe and eco-friendly ACT ECA Water, which boosts efficiency.
The ACT Solution is also used in the “buffer tanks” where fish can be stored for hours, lowering the risk of unwanted contamination. The crew is also disinfecting their gloves and boots in an eco-friendly manner before they enter and leave the production area.
Switching to the ACT Solution also has other environmental benefits such as eliminating the need for disposing harmful chemicals at the end of every cleaning procedure.