FIS024 - Intelligent fishing: Next steps for improving underwater selectivity
Contractor: University of Aberdeen
The overarching principles that underpinned the Landing Obligation under the CFP will remain largely in place once the UK and Scotland leave the EU. The commercial purchasers of fish will still require industry to demonstrate that discards of unwanted species or undersized fish have been restricted to as low a level as possible consistent with available technology and business functionality of the catchers. This goal remains challenging in mixed fisheries, and previous FIS projects – especially FIS011 B – have focused on how technological innovations and developments can be utilised to achieve the desired outcomes. This project is concerned with ‘intelligent fishing’ – investigation and development of novel technologies to allow absolute selectivity in fishing activity through in-water identification and grading of fish by species and size / age in line with fishery management requirements and in association with market requirements. It will require the development of innovative optical, data processing, catch selection and transport solutions.
FIS required research that:
It is anticipated the research will move the sector closer to delivering best-possible selectivity in fishing activity and therefore a near-zero discard fishery. Such techniques will also hopefully generate real time data from the fishery in terms of multi-species population structure and spatial / temporal distribution, and foster active fishery / science collaboration.