Small, coastal fishing boats, or the 'Inshore Fleet', make up nearly three quarters of England's fishing fleet. The rich array of seafood they serve up also presents unique scientific challenges for fishery managers. Relatively small landings per vessel, with varying market demand from one day to the next, make it hard to attract investment for scientific research.
Project Inshore will - for the first time - map all of these fisheries together and provide sustainability plans for each of them, helping to secure seafood supplies from these traditional boats for this and future generations.
How it will work
Led by Seafish, Project Inshore will use assessments based on the Marine Stewardship Council Standard for sustainable fishing to produce tailored sustainability reports for every fishery around the English coast. These will provide a roadmap that highlights best practice and provides an independent evidence base to attract targeted investment in further scientific research.
For some of the fisheries, this project may offer the opportunity to enter full assessment for MSC certification. For others they will have a clear plan to enable - in time - all English inshore fisheries to work towards the benefits of third party certification offered by the MSC.