This proposal addresses the current critical level of the cod stock in the North Sea and the Irish Sea in support of the EU Cod Recovery Plan. The objective is to develop novel species-selective gear prototypes for the three mixed-species demersal trawl in the North Sea and Irish Sea fisheries with the highest level of cod discard, e.g. otter trawling, beam trawling and Nephrops trawling.
A total of seven institutes work together involving gear technology, fisheries biology and fish behaviour input. The project duration is 38 months. It consists of four work packages, organised in the Task Groups: Co-ordination, and Gear Development. Collaboration with the fishing industry (associations and netmakers) is foreseen.
The Cod stocks in some European waters are at critical survival levels. Consequently the European Commission has issued a emergency plan for North Sea cod in 2001 and has also developed a rebuilding plan for cod and hake (COM 2001 (326)).
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