The Fisheries Management and Innovation Group
This group was formerly the Discard Action Group and was originally set up as a forum for the discussion of industry-wide problems relating to discards.
The FMIG provides a safe meeting space to discuss the key challenges facing the catching sector. The three key areas for discussion are: legislation and regulation, stock assessment issues and how to introduce new technology.
People take part to keep-up-to-date with the latest developments, to be part of a cross-industry discussion and listen to the issues raised by other parts of the industry. They can also raise their own issues, present new ideas, network with other people or make new contacts.
The group is led by our industry and we take responsibility for running the FMIG. The Group has met twice a year since 2009. The FMIG brings together people who represent the catching sector, as well as the retail, food service and restaurant industries. Other people who attend are not-for-profit environmental voluntary groups, consumer groups, government, scientists and industry bodies.
FMIG meetings and bite-size meetings
There are generally two meetings a year. The presentations and minutes from the most recent meetings are below. Presentations and minutes from previous meetings are available from Karen Green.
Due to COVID-19 we are running shorter online bite-size FMIG meetings in 2020 and 2021.
Tuesday 13 April 2021. 2pm to 3.30pm. Topic and speakers to be confirmed. For further information contact Karen Green
Inshore fisheries management opportunities (26 November 2020). Effective inshore fisheries management is all about delivering a viable and profitable inshore fishing industry that supports flourishing coastal communities. This meeting looked at the range of initiatives taking place across government and industry that will ultimately contribute to improved fisheries management. See the presentations from this session:
- Progress of Shellfish Industry Advisory Group. Barrie Deas, National Federation of Fishermen's Organisations (NFFO).
- Future of Sea Fisheries Management in Scotland. Jim Watson, Marine Scotland.
- Next steps for the Future of Our Inshore Fisheries project. Michel Kaiser, Heriot Watt University.
Integrating environmental factors into fisheries management (16 September 2020). This meeting looked at the ecological and managerial implications of distribution changes and what an adaptive response could look like. See the presentations from this session:
- Changing fish distributions challenge the effective management of European fisheries. Prof Paul Fernandes, University of Aberdeen.
- What does regime shift mean for the Shetland Islands? Simon Collins, Shetland Fishermen’s Association.
- Ecosystem-based approach to fishery management in the Irish Sea. Mathieu Lundy, Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI).
- How can restoring fish stocks help mitigate climate change? Rebecca Hubbard, Our Fish.
Climate change impacts on the seafood sector (10 June 2020). This meeting explored how climate change is impacting on the seafood sector. See the presentations from this session:
- Climate change and the potential impact on the seafood industry. Angus Garrett, Seafish
- The impact climate change is having in the water. John Pinnegar, Cefas
- How climate change is affecting fish stock and what we can do about it Tara Marshall, University of Aberdeen
Terms of Reference and archive
- We have archived presentations from previous meetings. These are available from Karen Green.
- Notes and minutes on recent meetings can be found below.
- View the Terms of Reference (ToR) for the group (March 2019).
- To be added to the FMIG mailing list to receive our monthly news update and details on meetings please register