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Development of fishing Gears with Reduced Effects on the Environment

Objective

The objectives of Policies Priority 8.1.B.1.3 Task 12 are: a) To develop new gears/fishing techniques that have a lower impact on benthic habitats, b) To quantify the potential reduction of the physical impact as well as the negative effects on benthic communities, c) To weigh the socio-economic consequences of these changes against those of alternative management measures, e.g. closing of areas. Eleven participants propose to work together to develop new gears/fishing techniques that have a lower impact on benthic habitats, to quantify the potential reduction of the physical impact as well as the negative effects on benthic communities, to weigh the socio-economic consequences of these changes against those of alternative management measures, e.g. closing of areas. They will do so by focusing on the development of modified towed gears. A generic approach is chosen in which cases (e.g. North Sea, Mediterranian) can be worked out. The overall ecological impact to benthic systems will be assessed by developing physical/biological models verified by tests at sea. This will provide a tool to fisheries managers to identify gear and sediment type combinations which will minimise impact to the habitat. A group of experts will work to appraise the socio-economic consequences of the new gears and techniques. Gear types under study involve: otter trawls, beam trawls and dredges. The project will consist of six work packages, as follows: WP 1 Management and co-ordination WP 2 Modelling and quantification of benthic impact WP 3 Otter trawl modifications WP 4 Beam trawl and Dredge modifications WP 5 Economics WP 6 Dissemination and implementation The duration of the project will be 38 months. Special emphasis will be given to consultation with and dissemination of the results of the work to the fishing industry through national Industrial Liaison Groups and an adequate implementation of alternative fishing gears and techniques.

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Coordinator

STICHTING DIENST LANDBOUWKUNDIG ONDERZOEK

Address

Costerweg 50
9101 Wageningen

Netherlands

Administrative Contact

Bob VAN MARLEN (Ir)

Participants (11)

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THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR ENVIRONMENT, FOOD AND RURAL AFFAIRS ACTING THROUGH THE CENTRE FOR ENVIRONMENT, FISHERIES AND AQUACULTURE SCIENCE

United Kingdom

THE SCOTTISH MINISTERS ACTING THROUGH FISHERIES RESEARCH SERVICES

United Kingdom

INSTITUT FRANCAIS DE RECHERCHE POUR L'EXPLOITATION DE LA MER

France

HAVFORSKNINGSINSTITUTTET (INSTITUTE OF MARINE RESEARCH)

Norway

AN BORD IASCAIGH MHARA

Ireland

VLAAMS GEWEST

Belgium

DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET

Denmark

THE UNIVERSITY COURT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ABERDEEN

United Kingdom

UNIVERSITY OF PORTSMOUTH HIGHER EDUCATION CORPORATION

United Kingdom

NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL

Italy

UNIVERSITY OF LIVERPOOL

United Kingdom

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 22576

  • Start date

    1 February 2006

  • End date

    30 September 2009

Funded under:

FP6-POLICIES

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 482 556

  • EU contribution

    € 2 000 000

Coordinated by:

STICHTING DIENST LANDBOUWKUNDIG ONDERZOEK

Netherlands