FMIG: Marine spatial squeeze and intelligent fishing

Date: 29 September 2022

Time: 10.30 am - 3.30 pm

Location: Friends House, 173-177 Euston Road, London. NW1 2BJ

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This meeting will look at two key issues for the UK catching sector - marine spatial squeeze and maximising selective gear innovations.

This Fisheries Management and Innovation Group (FMIG) meeting is taking place at Friends House, 173-177 Euston Road, London. NW1 2BJ. The venue is conveniently located virtually opposite Euston station, and a 10 minute walk from Kings Cross/St Pancras railway station. This is the first in person FMIG meeting since November 2019.

This meeting will look at two key issues for the UK catching sector: marine spatial squeeze and the competition for maritime space; and maximising selective gear innovations to help the UK fishing industry advance economic, environmental and social sustainability.

To enable fishing to flourish alongside such interests as aquaculture, offshore wind, and nature conservation areas, there needs to be a fair and equitable marine planning regime on co-existence. The morning session will look at what progress has been made to balance these demands and needs, and how the fisheries sector, which is integral to this, can better engage in the debate.

The afternoon session will cover the next steps in intelligent fishing looking at the latest technological advances and selective gear innovations.

Event Programme

10.30 am - 12.45 pm
Marine spatial squeeze
10.30 am - 11.30 am
Setting the scene
  • The Frightening Outlook of Fisheries Displacement – NFFO/SFF Spatial Squeeze Report
    Barrie Deas, NFFO.
  • Kingfisher fishing restrictions mapping website
    Matt Frow, Kingfisher Manager, Seafish.
11.45 am to 12.45 pm
Panel session
  • Pre-prepared questions will be put to our panellists. During the meeting we will also invite questions from the audience, and either answer these during the meeting or provide written answers after the session.
1.45 pm - 3.30 pm
Intelligent fishing - the latest technological advances and selective gear innovations
  • New research trawl
    David Warwick, Seafish.
  • Smartrawl: In-water improvements in selectivity
    Paul Fernandes, Heriot-Watt University.
  • Sumwing beam trawl gear
    Gus Caslake, Seafish.
  • Using illuminated pots dubbed ‘scallop discos’ to attract and catch scallops
    Rob Enever, Fishtek Marine.
3.30 pm
Meeting ends

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