We are investigating opportunities for alternatively powered fishing vessels in the UK, with the objective of ensuring no sector of the fleet is left out of a truly just transition to low-carbon fishing. This includes collaborating with fishermen, vessel designers, engineers, regulators and other key stakeholders in the fishing industry, to discover how FIS can best support the industry and make real impact on the path to net zero.


Net Zero Fishing Vessels

FIS partnered with Macduff Ship Design and the Centre for Future Clean Mobility, to investigate a potential roadmap towards a net zero fleet, and develop concept designs for alternatively-powered fishing vessels.

Stage 2 of this project, to develop detailed concept designs using power data taken directly from fishing vessels, was supported by the Marine Fund Scotland and completed in August 2023.

Stage 3, with further support from the Marine Fund Scotland, compared hydrogen fuel as an option to deliver net-zero fishing vessels, and was completed in May 2024.

Clyde Safety Workshops

FIS and the Clyde Fishermen’s Trust hosted two fisher-led workshops to discuss how to best support the Clyde fishing community in a safe and prosperous transition towards a net zero fishing fleet.

Knowledge-Exchange Trip

FIS invited James Duthie Jr, a skipper and naval architect from Fraserburgh, to participate in a knowledge exchange. James travelled to Norway to see innovations in reducing vessel CO2 emissions, and consider how we could apply Norwegian know- how to the UK fishing fleet.

Vessels of the Future Workshop

FIS hosted a workshop in Glasgow to explore energy efficient measures relevant to fishing vessels. Participants from Scotland, the UK and as far afield as Norway and Canada came together to share their knowledge and experience, and discuss what alternative fuels, engines, designs, or other innovations are realistic in a UK context.