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West of Scotland nephrops fishery - review of issues facing the industry

H C Curtis, S M Anton

This report contains the findings of a study carried out in early 2006 at the request of the West of Four Fisheries Management Group (WOFFMG). It describes the causes and implications of an agreed list of issues facing the nephrops sector on the west coast of Scotland. The information and analyses in this report are intended to help inform efforts to identify effective solutions to the issues.

November 2006N/A

Options for improving fuel efficiency in the UK fishing fleet - full report

H Curtis, K Graham, T Rossiter

The financial performance of the UK fishing fleet has been directly affected by high prices for diesel fuel. As a result the fishing industry has been faced with an urgent need to move towards more efficient fuel use.

October 2006N/A

Economic Impact Assessment of the 2006 Fisheries Management Regime on the North Sea and West of Scotland Whitefish Trawl Segment

S Anton, H Curtis

This report looks at the likely earnings and profits for vessels fishing in the North Sea and West of Scotland in 2006.

February 2006N/A

Fuel efficiency trials using Jackson trawls with reduced twine diameter on MFV Challenge II

N Ward, M Montgomerie, W Lart

Sea trials were carried out in March 2005 to compare the drag of twin trawls of traditional polythene twines with new trawls of reduced twine diameters. The trawls were built by Jackson Trawls of Peterhead and tested aboard MFV Challenge II (UL 33). The doors, clump, ground gear, sweep lengths and flotation remained exactly the same when changing from the old trawls to the new. The new trawls had a reduced drag of 6% compared with the old trawls and an increased mouth opening of 10%. These comparisons were made at 3.0knots towing speed. The old trawls had a nominal twine surface area of 155m² compared with 134m² for the new trawls. The skipper has the option of accepting a 6% reduction in drag (giving approximately a 6% reduction in fuel consumption) or, alternatively a 5% increase in speed from 3.0knots to 3.15 knots (using the same fuel consumption). If the door size and flotation were reduced for the new trawls to give the same opening as the old trawls, a reduction in drag larger than 6% would be expected.

August 2005N/A

Electronic Charts for Fishermen (e-CF) Final / Evaluation Report ISB Project 186 (H.M. Treasury Invest to Save Budget - Round 3)

Dr S E Taylor

Electronic Charts for Fishermen (e-CF) was a Treasury Funded multi-agency project, under the Invest to Save (ISB) budget, managed by the Seafish Industry Authority (Seafish). The other parties were the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA). The project arose from concerns regarding the high accident rate in the UK fishing industry, and also from fears surrounding the increasingly widespread use of electronic charting systems which do not meet any recognised international performance standards. With the main objective of improving safety, the specific aims of the project were to encourage the use of approved electronic navigational charts and to develop standards for electronic navigation equipment. The outturns of this project have been:- • A performance standard known as Mini-ECDIS has been developed for fishing vessel navigation and operational equipment. • Mini-ECDIS has been accepted by the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency as meeting the requirements of SOLAS Chapter V for use in fishing and other operations under MCA Marine Guidance Note 262. • A self-certification scheme has been set up by Seafish, enabling manufacturers to show that their navigation products comply with the Mini-ECDIS standard. • Pilot scale digital resources have been developed in the form of S57 nautical electrical navigation charts (ENCs) specifically designed for fishing operations - these are currently being evaluated by manufacturers and users. A number of manufacturers have indicated they will adopt the Mini-ECDIS performance standard as the specification for the next generation of fishing plotters.

July 2005N/A