WATCH | A new commercial fishing vessel built in Washington state has made strides to provide sustainable and environmentally friendly ways to provide consumers with higher-quality fish.
I'm kind of pinching myself. We are finally here. We've got it. It's a state-of-the-art vessel.
The F/V Blue North is a 191-foot freezer longliner owned by Seattle-based Blue North Fisheries. It debuted earlier this month.
The $36 million fishing boat was designed in Norway and built by Dakota Creek Industries in Anacortes, Washington.
It's the greenest, most sustainable and highest tech commercial fishing vessel that's ever been built in the United State and possibly the world.
Kenny Down, president and CEO of Blue North Fisheries, says the Blue North fishing vessel is a game changer -- there is no other vessel like it in the Alaska hook and line cod fishery.
In addition to the boat's state-of-the-art quarters and endless innovations, fishermen will work safely under the deck hauling in the vessel's long lines.
Features for fresh fish
One innovative feature is a moon pool, which is an internal hauling station that enables fish to be humanely harvested. It's technique that eliminates pain and stress so fish are hormone and adrenaline free.
Blue North Fisheries says the fish has better texture, less drip loss when it's thawed, better flavor and is much more nutritious.
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