The Second World War had far reaching implications for the German deep-sea fishing industry. At the end of the war only 58 fishing vessels remained and initially no new ones were allowed to be built in Germany. It was only in 1949 with the Bonn-Petersberg Agreement that these building restrictions were lifted. At the beginning of the 1950s the German deep-sea fishing industry had one of the most modern fleets in Europe. Diesel engines and fish meal plants were some of the new technical innovations installed on side trawlers.
The launch of stern trawlers in 1957 was another milestone in deep-sea fishing. On these ships the trawl net was not hauled in over the side bulwark but over a stern ramp. The stern trawlers also had refrigeration and freezer facilities on board. 82 stern trawlers were built in Germany between 1957 and 1965.
The decline in the fish population and the introduction of fishing quotas by Iceland and Norway forced German fishing vessels to fish in more distant seas and oceans after the war. Stern trawlers were ideal for these waters.back