The Fisheries Management and Innovation Group
The Fisheries Management Innovation Group (FMIG) provides a safe meeting space to discuss the key challenges facing the UK 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.
This group was formerly the Discard Action Group (DAG) and was originally set up as a forum for the discussion of industry-wide problems relating to discards.
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 at the moment.
The next meeting is on Tuesday 1 February 2002 from 2pm to 3.30pm. The impact of offshore wind development on fisheries.
Previous two bite-size meetings
Climate-smart mitigation for UK fisheries (12 October 2021). The UK Fisheries Act (2020) stipulates that the management of UK fisheries and the marine environment must minimise the adverse effect of fish and aquaculture activities on climate change. Key to this is the need to mitigate fisheries impacts on national greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and blue carbon. This meeting looked at the challenges ahead, and how the UK catching sector can contribute to net-zero targets while continuing to operate sustainably and profitably. See the presentations from this session:
- Seafood’s carbon profile – Seafish climate change focus and industry case studies. Stuart McLanaghan, Seafish.
- How the UK catching sector is responding. Elspeth Macdonald, Scottish Fishermen’s Federation.
- Shifting Gears – Achieving Climate-Smart Fisheries. Helen McLachlan, WWF-UK.
- Moving towards net-zero carbon fisheries project. Georg Engelhard and John Pinnegar, Cefas.
The complexity of fisheries negotiations (29 June 2021). Trilateral and bilateral negotiations started in January between the UK and adjacent coastal states to establish an agreement on total allowable catches for shared stocks, and other fishery management measures for 2021. With the UK participating for the first time as an independent Coastal State this meeting looked at the complexities of these negotiations and the lessons learnt. See the presentations from this session:
- Complexities and opportunities in being an independent coastal state. Colin Faulkner, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
- The difficulty in reaching a fisheries agreement with our northern neighbours. Lauren Ferrari, Marine Scotland.
- Building resilience of Fisheries Governance in the North East Atlantic. Suzannah Walmsley, ABPmer.
- The challenges for pelagic stocks. Tom Pickerell, North Atlantic Pelagic Advocacy Group (NAPA).
Terms of Reference and archive
- We have archived presentations from previous bite-size meetings. These are available from Karen Green.
- Notes and minutes on the bite-size meetings can be found below.
- Presentations from our face-to-face FMIG and DAG meetings are available from Karen Green
- 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
FMIG bite-size notes
- Climate-smart mitigation for UK fisheries. 12 October 2021
- The complexity of fisheries negotiations. 29 June 2021
- Fishing gear selectivity and on-board technical innovation. 13 April 2021
- Inshore fisheries management opportunities. 26 November 2020
- Integrating environmental factors into fisheries management. 16 September 2020
- Climate change impacts on the seafood sector. 10 June 2020