The Fisheries Management and Innovation Group

The Fisheries Management and Innovation Group provides a forum for discussion and sharing knowledge on catching sector issues.

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.

From 2020 the Fisheries Management and Innovation Group has evolved from the Discard Action Group and the remit of the group has been expanded and broadened. As well as covering discards it also now covers technical, innovation, automation and (scientific) fisheries management issues relating to the catching sector.

The Fisheries Management and Innovation Group (FMIG) will cover:

  • Delivering legislative and regulatory requirements: discards and meeting the requirements of the landing obligation including the use of existing flexibilities and exemptions, choke risks and mitigation measures; Bycatch Reduction Plans (BCRPs); Fully Documented Fisheries (FDF) schemes and other CFP flexibilities.
  • Stock assessment issues: prioritised data limited stocks and the environmental impacts of wild capture fishing (both direct ecosystem issues and environmental footprint issues).
  • Technology, Innovation and Automation: selective gear developments, geographical digital traceability and fleet efficiency issues etc.


FMIG Bite-size

Climate change impacts on the seafood sector. Held on 10 June 2020. 

This Fisheries Management and Innovation Group Bite-size meeting explored how climate change is impacting on the seafood sector. See the presentations from this session:

Further FMIG bite-size meetings are scheduled for 16 September and 26 November 2020. For further information, please email Karen Green.

Presentations from 6 November 2019 meeting:

New Technical Measures Framework. Maria Moset, EU Commission

Landing Obligation implementation in 2019. Andrew Newlands, Defra

The Landing Obligation in 2019. Barrie Deas, NFFO

New Approved Selective gears. Mike Montgomerie, Seafish

Project UK Fisheries Improvements. Jo Pollett, MSC

Low Impact Fishing. Harry Owen, MRAG

Real-time reporting – West of Scotland. Paul MacDonald, Scottish Fishermen’s Organisation

End of Life Fishing Gear and Recycling. Stuart McLanaghan, Seafish

End of Life Fishing Gear Recycling Project. Gus Caslake, Seafish

Presentations from 2 April 2019 meeting:

Implementation of the Landing Obligation in 2019. Mike Park, SWFPA

Implementation of the Landing Obligation in 2019. Heidi Guille, Defra

MSC consideration of the Landing Obligation in fishery assessment. Tim Davies, MSC

Electronic monitoring as a compliance tool. Norman Fletcher, Marine Scotland

Norwegian use of Reference Fleets. Tom Clegg, Norwegian Marine Research Institute

Shetland Fishermen’s Association use of Reference Fleets. Simon Collins, SFA

A new mapping app to identify discard hotspots. Julia Calderwood, Marine Institute

Overview of the DiscardLess project. Kenny Coull, SWFPA

Contacts

For more information about The Fisheries Management and Innovation Group contact 
Karen Green.  

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