Not that long ago the idea that the fishing industry should have a role in the generation of data and science to underpin the industry’s management was seen as heresy. Over the last two decades those attitudes have steadily changed and increasingly the industry is being brought into the scientific process. The Federation has worked to change that picture, and in 2003 was instrumental in establishing the pioneering Fisheries Science Partnership administered by Cefas. Since then, industry involvement has become increasingly important well beyond dedicated science programmes. New technologies have the potential to considerably lower the transaction costs of doing science and it is important that these are introduced in ways where the industry can have trust in the use of the data that it is actively participating in gathering. Marine science is a costly endeavour and we will never know everything, but scientists working together with industry, and vice versa, is critical to improving the evidence base and informing sound management decisions.
100 million reasons to be careful: Fisheries Science Partnerships
24 September 2021
The NFFO has warned that the Government’s plans for spending the £100 million promised by the Prime Minister in the wake of the TCA fiasco in December 2020 to help regenerate the fishing industry, could be siphoned off – with little benefit for grass-roots fishermen.
Fisheries science data collection programme calls on industry for support
19 November 2020
Volunteer skippers fishing out of England and Wales are needed to contribute to fisheries data usually collected by scientific observers. Current Covid-19 restrictions mean that Cefas fisheries observers are not able to board commercial fishing vessels to go to sea. This partnership with industry will build on pilots commencing this month with the Northeast trawl fleet, Southeast netter fleet and Southwest beamer fleet.
Developing a participatory approach to the management of fishing activity in UK offshore Marine Protected Areas
14 May 2020
Successfully involving the fishing sector and stakeholders in decision-making over the management of fisheries in marine protected areas (MPAs) is important to their overall effectiveness and sustainable management of our seas. The results of a new project including new tools and approaches to use when establishing, evaluating and adapting fisheries management measures in MPAs aims to help achieve just that.
Important milestone in the use of fishermen’s information
17 October 2019
A report, recently published by ICES, marks an important milestone in the incorporation of information generated by the fishing industry itself into the stock assessment process. The report follows an important meeting of scientists and industry representatives earlier in the year, in Copenhagen, during which industry representatives described the many forms that industry/science partnerships are already taking and could take in the future.
New research to aid sustainable fisheries management in Marine Protected Areas
20 January 2016
Scientists now have a better understanding of the level of fishing activity that can be carried out within Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and still remain compatible with conservation objectives thanks to new research.