Sustainable inshore fishing

What is inshore fishing?

Inshore fishing is also defined as coastal fishing or artisanal fishing. Artisanal fishing is defined by the boats size (between 5 to 12 meters long), the tonnage fished, the use of passive fishing devices (nets, pots, lines) and a limited number of fishermen on board. But this definition varies throughout Europe.

Inshore fishing uses selective fishing methods (trolling lines, longlines, pots and nets) which have a low impact on the environnement. Fish caught is of quality and is valued. Some associations have created their own labels to ease the fish traceability (ex: breton association: association des ligneurs de la pointe de Bretagne).  

Our fishing products are suited for an installation on inshore fishing boats. Professional fishermen have been using our products to retrieve pots, nets, lines and have been satisfied by their effeciency and hauling power.

Most of the inshore fishing fleet leave for the day (or 3 days max) to access coastal fishing zones and sell their catch directly to the fish market or to their own network (restaurants, etc.). Throughout the year, fishermen change fishing techniques and target different species in order to ensure a renewal and the species preservation. These practices are encouraged to create sustainable and durable fishing.


Governments, environmental protection groups and professional cooks stand for the inshore fishing industry because it advocates for:

  • a "sustainable fishing " and reasoned,
  • a guarantee of protecting fish stocks for future generations.

We hear more and more about sustainable fishing as it is to save the largest  "pantry of humanity" and not to eliminate marine fauna. Between 2040 and 2050, some international scientists predict fish will have disappeared if we don't react quickly. In Europe, half of the seafood eaten are used in restaurants. 

In France, inshore fishermen equalto 80% of the overall fleet.

Sustainalbe fishing is based on :

  • a selection of the species least endangered
  • the use of selective fishing techniques
  • a preservation of the seabed and marine habitats
  • a fish traceability.

Consumers have also a role to play in consuming fish responsibly by diversifying their purchases:

  • non-endangered species
  • labeled fish (MSC, ASC, Seachoice, etc)
  • seasonal fish.

Our clients

Our customers are professional fishermen in the inshore fishing industry. VIRHYDRO understands the needs and constraints of these fishermen and our range of fishing equipments has been designed with their boat in mind.

Our products are installed on boats in France, French West Indies (Guadeloupe, Martinique, French Guyana, etc.) and world wide: Australia, New Zeland, Malaysia, Hawaï, USA ...

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