The project will aim to deploy creel mounted cameras systems in three distinct fisheries; Holderness, Orkney, and Isle of Man, to investigate population abundance indices and catch dynamics for potting fisheries. This two-year project, commencing in spring 2022, brings together three distinct fisheries and a consortium of fishing industry and academic experts, working on a fishing industry led project. Dr Mike Roach will be leading the team for the HFIG with support from Dr Julie Bremner at Cefas. Dr Mike Bell from Heriot Watt University will be supporting Katie Rydzkowski and Claire Lambden from Orkney Sustainable Fisheries in this project as part of their long-term collaboration. For the Isle of Man fishery, Professor Stuart Jenkins from Bangor University will be providing advice and support to the project with Matt Coleman taking the lead on the island as part of Bangor University's Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture Group.
“We are delighted to be collaborating with HFIG and our other partners on the new FISP crustacean camera project. Our pot-mounted sensors will allow us to better understand the abundance and behaviour of crabs and lobsters around fishing gear, helping us to improve crustacean stock assessment. The project allows us to work directly with industry to answer key fisheries questions and brings three geographically distinct fisheries together to share expertise and look at the broader picture.”
Potting fisheries, targeting lobster and crab, are key fisheries in these areas, contributing to the resilience of the local coastal communities.
The aim of the project addresses the need for an effective abundance index by recording crustacean presence in the vicinity of the creel and catch dynamics, aiding in advice for stock assessments and addressing uncertainties around using catch statistics for abundance proxies for crustacean fisheries assessments.
“Orkney Sustainable Fisheries are pleased to announce we will be involved with the exciting new Holderness fishing industry group (HFIG) project “Use of new technology to address data deficiencies in assessment of static gear crustacean fisheries. We are looking forward to seeing how this project develops and working to trial new technologies in the Orkney creel fishery."
The use of novel technology aids us in addressing key data and knowledge gaps for fisheries that are incredibly important to coastal communities and their reliance on a stable and sustainable fishery.
The project will aim to engage with the fisheries and involve individual fishers in the deployment of the systems, encouraging industry participation and guidance throughout. Data generated from fishers will be analysed and information given back to the fishery through stakeholder events and direct involvement of fisher’s organisations.
“Collaboration with industry is key to enhancing fisheries management. We are very pleased, through our work with Isle of Man fishers, to take part in this exciting project which will provide much needed data to improve our abilities in crab and lobster stock assessment.”
This project is a key milestone, with fishing industry expertise and scientific experts addressing concerns around future sustainability and management of lobster and crab stocks.
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