‘Hauling up Options’, the Clear Catch workshop held on the Nationwide Marine Aquarium in Plymouth on 24 March, included a presentation by Bally Philp from the Scottish Creel Fishermen’s Federation on work undertaken by creelers, beneath the umbrella of the Scottish Entanglement Alliance, to eradicate mammal bycatch in creel fisheries.
One other was from Jerry Percy of NUTFA on the advantages of longlining and profitable bycatch discount in what’s already a clear and extremely sustainable fishery.
Yorkshire fisherman Rex Harrison introduced startling figures on the digital elimination of bycatch within the Yorkshire gill-net fishery, in addition to insights into the standard reef-net fishery undertaken for hundreds of years by indigenous fishers on the western seaboard of America, which has plenty of potential functions to different fisheries.
The workshop, put collectively by a steering committee with the involvement of Cefas scientists, Defra and fishing business representatives, concluded with a collection of group discussions on how the business, with assist from scientists and Defra, may implement a lot of what was mentioned over the three days.
A full report of proceedings might be made obtainable shortly.
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