The project evolves from the need for an objective mesh gauge to be used for fisheries inspection and research and by the industry. Previous work has shown that the present EU legislation for mesh measurement is not sufficiently precise and allows for variation in both the construction of the official wedge gauge and the operational procedures. It was recommended to develop a new, more objective mesh gauge.
A new mesh gauge will be built and tested. The different tasks of the project are: to build a prototype of the new instrument and to subject it to a series of acceptance tests; to compare the new instrument with the existing mesh gauges, both under laboratory conditions and at sea; to draft a protocol for using the new mesh gauge; to inform research institutes, fisheries inspectorates and the industry on the progress of the work and to give them the opportunity to comment and advice.
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