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Bycatch Separator

Separates small fish from shrimps in a simple and effective manner.
Available in many sizes with different capacities
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Separates small fish from shrimps

Bycatch Separator

The machine separates small fish and shrimps in a simple and effective way. It is based on the principle that fish and shellfish stick to the conveyor belt in different ways. 

Description

The conveyor belts within the separator travel at much higher speeds than regular conveyor belts. The speed is adjustable, and different speeds are used depending on the species of fish mixed in with the shrimp catch. Usually, conveyor 1 is made to go faster than conveyor 2. The incline is also adjustable. By using different inclines and speeds, the species are separated. The ones which easily attach themselves (small fish) are conveyed up and then fall down into a collecting vessel, whereas the ones offering less friction (shrimps) slide back down the conveyor belt.

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Supply of raw materials

The sketch shows the course of the separation. A mixture of shrimp and bycatch, i.e. capelin and other small fish, is transported to the machine and feeds it. It is important to adjust the speed of the feeding of the supplying conveyor belt to regulate the quantity supplied to the machine. The shrimp/fish ratio, as well as what species are involved, determines the effectiveness of the machine. The speed should be adjusted so that conveyor 1 can keep up with the separation. “´Difficult” mixtures must be fed at a slower pace into the separator. 

Point of impact

The machine itself can be moved forward and back on its supports. This is to enable the “point of impact” to be moved, i.e. the point where the shrimp mixture hits the conveyor. If the bycatch consists of fish that is not sticky, the point of impact should be moved to the left, making it fall forma greater height and thereby impacting more heavily with the conveyor and giving it a greater possibility of attaching itself to the conveyor. It the bycatch is small, i.e. compared with shrimp, the point of impact should be moved to the right. 

Bycatch Separator.