This programme will give the industry access to expert knowledge in fishing gear, allowing them to make informed decisions on their choice of gear and to efficiently catch their target species - whilst minimising bycatch and discards. Providing a source of accurate and reliable information on fishing gear to regulators, media and consumers will give them a better understanding of the industry and the tools it uses.
Improving the environmental credentials of the catching sector will enhance the public’s perception of the fishing industry. Providing a source of accurate and reliable information on fishing gear to regulators, media and consumers will give them a better understanding of the industry and the tools used.
Information will be imparted to industry through gear technology/selectivity training courses, requests for advice, all forms of media, the Seafish website - and through direct contact at meetings, conferences and exhibitions.
Our Technology programme will provide information and data to inform decision-making within the catching sector. We will achieve this by supplying support, advice and training, enabling improvements in the efficiency, selectivity and environmental credentials of activities. A major theme of this work will be to provide technical support to reduce the impact of the Landings Obligation. This objective will be met through the development of an online database for gear selectivity research. This database will be crucial in providing the platform where we can ensure information and data is readily available and accessible to all.
This programme will also incorporate projects to understand how other technology, including satellites, can be used to improve the quality and availability of information available to key stakeholders on fishing activity and impact.
The training programme in trawl gear technology and selectivity will continue. Taking into account the introduction of the Landings Obligation, the syllabus of the trawl gear technology-training course has been altered to put emphasis on selectivity and discard reduction devices. It will include a demonstration and discussion of all selectivity measures that are relevant to UK vessels.