Funding boost for Scottish Inshore fisheries groups –

Funding boost for Scottish Inshore fisheries groups Published:  30 July, 2014

INSHORE Fisheries Groups (IFG) across Scotland are set to benefit from £1.4 million of funding for new research projects that will aim to secure a sustainable future for inshore fisheries.

Funding for seven scientific research projects across Scotland that are designed to improve and maintain sustainable management measures across the industry is being provided through Seafish.

The funding, which is delivered in partnership with the European Fisheries Fund and the Scottish Government, it is said will contribute to a secure future for Scotland’s world leading seafood industry.

Specifically, IFGs will benefit through: establishing the location of fishing activities within inshore areas; identifying fishery impacts; defining the environmental footprint and availability of stocks; developing economic value within local fisheries; and establishing an information resource base to assist the management of inshore fisheries. 

The projects will be run on a pilot basis and have been selected following an extensive tendering exercise and include:

·         Succorfish M2M Ltd – supply of 300 VHF vessel tracking systems to a cross section of the inshore fleet working on the West Coast.

·         Seascope Fisheries Research Ltd – data gathering from fisheries with limited scientific stock assessment information.

·         Seascope Fisheries Research Ltd – utilising electronic monitoring and video technology to verify reported catches aboard small inshore vessels on the Scottish West coast.

·         SAMS Research Services Ltd – information on historic and present fishing activities will be collated alonsgide the available physical and biological information relevant to sustaining the target fishery or species.

·         Nautilus Consultants Ltd – target areas on the west and east coasts in order to generate an improved understanding of the actual and/or potential volume, composition and seasonality of inshore fishery products.

·         Hambrey consulting – a pilot assessment of the potential economic and associated benefits of establishing minimum market landing size in excess of minimum legal landing size for key shellfish species.

·         Poseidon Aquatic Resource Management Ltd – address the needs of the IFG network by developing a web based searchable database capable of updating the information streams currently held within each of the IFG fisheries management plans.

Seafish CEO Paul Williams said: ‘We are delighted to be supporting Scotland’s Inshore Fisheries Groups. This substantial investment will support a range of projects, from environmental management to vessel improvements, and in so doing, help ensure the Scottish Seafood industry remains at the forefront of world innovation.’

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