Under the Common Fisheries Policy a landing obligation for quota species will be introduced gradually. It is expected that by the end of 2019, the brown shrimp fishery will also be subject to this new regulation. This fishery various quota species are caught as by-catch; plaice in particular can be a substantial part of this by-catch. In addition, as part of the North Sea Coastal Fisheries Agreement, the Dutch government, fishing industry and environmental NGOs have made agreements to minimize by-catch in the shrimp fishery.
This project is aimed at encouraging the development of more selective shrimp fisheries. It is carried out in cooperation between the fishing industry, the German research institute Thünen and Wageningen Marine Research. It involves two main research questions:(1) testing and further development of selectivity measures developed in the commercial fishery on board of German research vessel Solea, and (2) investigate the optimal settings of the shrimp pulse gear for selective fishing. The project builds upon the successful similar approach in developing the SEPNEP selective gear for nephrops fisheries.
|Effective start/end date||1/01/17 → 31/12/18|