Start Date: Apr 2016
End Date: Nov 2016
Main Contractor(s): MRAG
Other Sponsor(s): European Maritime and Fisheries Fund
Extended Title: Developing and facilitating a range of possible future FIS projects in innovation in selectivity through on-net or alternative technologies
Main Research Category: Discard Reduction - Technical
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This application is in response to the call for proposals for ‘Developing and facilitating a range of possible future FIS projects in innovation in selectivity through on-net or alternative technologies’. The introduction of the EU landing obligation poses a significant challenge for fisheries. Whilst there have been important advances in improving selectivity in fisheries in recent years, there is still a need to find solutions for reducing discards by improving selectivity in the broadest sense. The proposed project has four objectives: to provide a review of the state of knowledge and technical advances in selectivity; to identify novel ideas and innovations from other disciplines and sectors that may be relevant to improving selectivity; to identify possible funding sources to support future research on selectivity; and to provide a research plan that will serve as a framework for future multidisciplinary research on selectivity. These objectives will be achieved through review of existing literature and consultation with experts, stakeholders and potential co-funders, both in the UK and internationally. The outputs of the project will benefit FIS by providing a clear framework for future research, in particular drawing fresh ideas and innovations from beyond the fisheries sector. The products of this future research, whilst indirectly linked to the outputs of this project, are intended to support Scottish fishers in respect to adapting to the EU landing obligation by bringing about improvements in selectivity.