The Fisheries Management and Innovation Group

The Fisheries Management and Innovation Group brings people together to discuss and share knowledge on catching sector issues.

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.

We are running a mix of in person meetings and shorter online bite-size FMIG sessions at the moment.

Next meeting

The next meeting will be an in person meeting in London on Thursday 29 September 2022 from 10.30am to 3.30pm. See our event page: Marine spatial squeeze and intelligent fishing

Previous two bite-size meetings

Advances in fishing gear technology (13 July 2022). Gear adaptations and selective technologies help to reduce catches of unwanted fish. Gear trials over many years have influenced the gear now being used in commercial fishing. Selective gear innovations can help advance sustainability (economic, environmental and social) in all wild capture fisheries. This meeting looked at recent developments, and government priorities going forward. See the presentations from this session:

Cross-sector governance in UK waters (5 April 2022). Spatial squeeze is a current and rapidly growing issue. The competition for maritime space includes: oil and gas (exploration, production and decommissioning); marine renewables; subsea cables; marine protected areas/conservation sites; aquaculture; marine tourism/recreation; maritime traffic; dredging and mineral extraction. More renewable energy is clearly vital in the fight against climate change but as the tensions and trade-offs between energy, fisheries, aquaculture and nature conservation grow, a fair and equitable plan for co-existence has to be the goal. This meeting examined spatial squeeze in UK waters, the encroachment on fishing grounds for the fleet and the potential for massive displacement, as well as look at where the fishing industry fits into the decision-making process. See the presentations from this session:

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 monthly news alerts


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