The Urk-based Osprey Group has a long background in running its fleet of fishing vessels operating in the North Sea and the English Channel, and a central aspect of keeping these active is the company’s own workshops preparing fishing gear for the fleet of ten vessels.
“In our quest for the quality we need for our trawl gear, we have tried several netting suppliers in past,” said Cornelis de Boer, formerly a successful fisherman and now ashore to manage the family-run company’s operations.
“At the seafood exhibition in Brussels in 2013 we made contact with Indian company Garware, and that was a turning point for us. Since then, Garware has been our preferred netting supplier due to the high and consistent quality of their netting, and most importantly their ability to understand and translate Osprey’s requirements into reality.”
To begin with, Garware’s Sapphire netting was used for bellies, wings and codend sections.
“The results were excellent in terms of compactness, better abrasion resistance and very good mesh stability under difficult conditions. We used Sapphire netting for four years – but we were still searching for an ideal solution to the problem of shrinkage. In 2018 Garware introduced its SNG (Sapphire Next Generation) netting to us for eliminating shrinkage. We were told that SNG wasn’t a new netting, but a successful and popular netting already used in Norway, Russia, USA and Iceland,” Cornelis De Boer said.
Now six of the ten Osprey Group vessels are using Garware’s SNG netting in their gear, according to Willem de Boer.
“After two years of testing SNG extensively, we can say with confidence that by far it’s the best netting for avoiding shrinkage. Due to the stiffness and compactness of SNG netting, the trawl shape is retained for longer period. In addition, the lightness of SNG netting compared to Sapphire contributes to a good opening in our trawl and fly shooting gear. Recently we have changed over completely to SNG netting for our trawls,” Willem De Boer said.
“SNG nets are built to last longer than other available options in market,” said Vivek Kumar, Garware’s product manager responsible for the international fishing market.
“Its unique polymer combination and special thermo-stabilisation processes makes the netting extra stable. As well as that, the low diameter and compactness of netting provides the opportunity to either build larger trawls to increase catch rates, or to stay with the same trawl dimensions and save fuel,” he said.