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Research on effective cod stock recovery measures

Objective

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.

Objectives
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)).

Coordinator

NETHERLANDS INSTITUTE FOR FISHERIES RESEARCH
Address
Haringkade 1
Ijmuiden
Netherlands

Participants (7)

CONSTAT
Denmark
Address
Gronspaettevej 10
Hjorring
DANISH INSTITUTE FOR FISHERIES RESEARCH
Denmark
Address
Charlottenlund Castle
Charlottenlund
INSTITUTE OF MARINE RESEARCH
Norway
Address
Nordnesgaten 33
Bergen
MINISTERIE VAN MIDDENSTAND EN LANDBOUW
Belgium
Address
Ankerstraat 1
Oostende
SEA FISH INDUSTRY AUTHORITY
United Kingdom
Address
Seafish House, St Andrew's Dock
Hull
THE QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY OF BELFAST
United Kingdom
Address
Newforge Lane
Belfast
THE SCOTTISH MINISTERS, ACTING THROUGH FISHERIES RESEARCH SERVICES
United Kingdom
Address
375 Voctoria Road
Aberdeen