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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.

Call for proposal

FP6-2004-SSP-4
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Coordinator

STICHTING DIENST LANDBOUWKUNDIG ONDERZOEK
Address
Costerweg 50
9101 Wageningen
Netherlands

Participants (11)

THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR ENVIRONMENT, FOOD AND RURAL AFFAIRS ACTING THROUGH THE CENTRE FOR ENVIRONMENT, FISHERIES AND AQUACULTURE SCIENCE
United Kingdom
Address
Pakefield Road
Lowestoft, Suffolk
THE SCOTTISH MINISTERS ACTING THROUGH FISHERIES RESEARCH SERVICES
United Kingdom
Address
375 Victoria Road
101 Aberdeen
INSTITUT FRANCAIS DE RECHERCHE POUR L'EXPLOITATION DE LA MER
France
Address
155 Rue Jean Jacques Rousseau
Issy-les-moulineaux
HAVFORSKNINGSINSTITUTTET (INSTITUTE OF MARINE RESEARCH)
Norway
Address
Nordnesgatten 50
1870 Bergen
AN BORD IASCAIGH MHARA
Ireland
Address
Crofton Road
Dun Laoghaire Co.dublin
VLAAMS GEWEST
Belgium
Address
Martelaarsplein 19
Brussels
DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET
Denmark
Address
Anker Engelunds Vej 1
Kgs. Lyngby
THE UNIVERSITY COURT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ABERDEEN
United Kingdom
Address
King's College
Aberdeen
UNIVERSITY OF PORTSMOUTH HIGHER EDUCATION CORPORATION
United Kingdom
Address
University House, Winston Churchill Avenue
Portsmouth
NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL
Italy
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro, 7
Roma
UNIVERSITY OF LIVERPOOL
United Kingdom
Address
The Foundation Building 765 Borwnlow Hill
Liverpool