Most of fishery resources worldwide are actually fully or over exploited (FAO, 1999), with the subsequent reduction on the profitability of the fleets and of the food fishing industry. The aim of this project is the development of research and technology necessaries to take profit of a fishery resource rejected to the sea by EU fishing vessels operating in the SW Atlantic. The project should provide a new species to be exploited by EU fishing fleet able to supply EU food fishing industry, with direct impact in the profitability of the fleet and food fishing industry, conservation of employment at sea and in land, reduction of import rates from third countries and cut down prices of fishing products for EU consumers. On the other hand the project will contribute to protection of the environment, since the commercial use of discarded species would influence reducing deterioration of marine ecosystems. The reduction of discards is in the line of recommendations by FAO included in the "Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries" (1995).
Funding SchemeEAW - Exploratory awards