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Length, disc width and maturity for ray and skate species from Northern European waters

John Lancaster, William Lart

This spreadsheet is designed to enable the estimation of the length of ray specimens from measurments of the dimensions of disc width and the posterior wing edge.

January 2015Download XLSX

A review of the services provided by Seafish in relation to UK aquaculture industry


This interim report is submitted to Seafish as part of the assignment titled ‘A review of the services provided by Seafish in relation to the UK aquaculture industry’. The preparation of this report represents Deliverable 3 of the assignment. The structure and content of the report is based on previous agreement between the contractor and the client as presented in the inception report. The contractors seek review, comments and approval from Seafish on this interim report.

October 2014Download PDF

Use of discards in bait

Nathan de Rozarieux, NFFO Services Ltd

Further to the Defra ‘Fishing for the Markets’ initiative, this study explores whether discards from English vessels not destined for human consumption can be utilised in bait in England. Analysis of current discards from the English fleet and the pot bait needs of those targeting crab and lobster showed that the bait market could potentially utilise all discards in England. Commercial sea trials tested the effectiveness of a range of discards species as bait. These identified that virtually all species currently discarded by English fishing vessels could be used as effective pot bait for crabbers. But this was not the case for lobster catches where the sea trials showed a negative impact on the catch rate compared to traditional bait. The study concludes that the use of discards as pot bait will predominantly depend on the cost as they will be competing on price with a range of existing cost-effective baits already used by the potting sector.

August 2014Download PDF

SR685 Brown Crab Industry Insight

Gorkana Group

This report provides an in-depth review of brown crab issues as reported in the media. Issues covered include; ethics of production (clawing and harvesting); contamination; misrepresentation of pack messaging and stock status.

June 2014Download PDF

SR670 ERAEF Final report1.pdf


This report describes an exercise to assess the ecological effects of commercial fishing in waters off Southwest England (ICES Divisions VII e,f,g & h). We used the an Ecological Risk Screening (ERS) technique, which uses the available information about the effects of fishing on different ecological components; species or groups of species, habitats and ecological communities, to make an assessment of and pro-vide advice on the relative risks to each component in relation to a pre-agreed set of principles and goals.

May 2014Download PDF