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    Report of the Study Group on Electrical Trawling (SGELECTRA) April 2012

    A report on the Study Group on Electrical Trawling (SGELECTRA).
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    Report of the Study Group on Electrical Trawling (SGELECTRA) April 2013

    A report of the Study Group on Electrical Trawling (SGELECTRA).
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    Report of the Study Group on Turned 90° Codend Selectivity, focusing on Baltic Cod Selectivity (SGTCOD) 2009

    A report of the first meeting in the ICES Study Group on Turned 90° Codend Selectivity, focusing on Baltic Cod Selectivity (SGTCOD), May 2009.
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    First Interim Report of the Working Group on Electrical Trawling (WGELECTRA)

    The Working Group on Electrical Trawling (WGELECTRA) met in Ostend, Belgium from 21–23 October 2014 to review knowledge of the effects of electrical fishing on the marine environment. This is the report of those findings and suggested recommendations.
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    Review of Practical and Operational Aquaculture Training across the UK

    Report on research commissioned by Seafish to inform its planned development of a training and guidance programme to support aquaculture
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    An Investigation of the Performance of Tangle Nets used off North Cornwall

    These trials assessed and quantified both the selectivity of tangle nets and the loss of quality that can occur through excessive soak times.
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    Sustainable discard reduction in the Farne Deeps Nephrops fishery

    There is a recognised problem surrounding the issue of discarding whitefish in the Farne Deeps Nephrops fishery. Both local fishermen and DEFRA are aware of the need to make changes to current operations and are committed to reducing discards while encouraging the take up of technical conservation methods. This project explores the potential for reducing the fishing effort on cod, haddock and whiting by increasing the earning potential for the Nephrops catch component with a live (tubed) landing regime. Overall, this project was an industry lead responsible fishing initiative leading to a more sustainable fishery. <sup>Keywords</sup>: Nephrops, Farne Deeps, whitefish discard reduction, sustainable fishery
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    Sodium Metabisulphite Alternatives

    Sodium metabisulphite has been used in the UK fishing industry for many years to control the effects of melanotic blackening in prawns (Nephrops norvegicus). Recent requirements for allergen labelling and court cases resulting from high levels of sulphite residue have prompted interest to secure alternative treatments to control melanosis. Further motivation has come from the highly corrosive nature of sodium metabisulphite. This causes extensive damage to vessels and processing equipment and has serious operational health and safety issues. A number of treatments were trialled in a commercial environment to determine a viable alternative to sodium metabisulphite. Prawns were treated at sea and then assessed for shelf life and sulphite residue by processors in NE Scotland. 5 treatments were competitive with sodium metabisulphite, these include sulphite based and non sulphite based treatments. As such, vessels and factories are provided with a variety of treatment options depending on their own product requirements. Alternative sulphite based treatments exhibit reduced operational hazards and lower sulphite residues in the tail meat while selected non sulphite based treatments are classified as ‘processing aids’ and are exempt from any form of food additive labelling.
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    Financial Instrument for Fisheries Guidance (FIFG) Project. An industry-centred conservation project.

    Commercial proving trials of a new prawn trawl design.
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    Squid Fishing in UK Waters

    During the past decade, total squid landings from the NE Atlantic ranged from 10,000– 18,000 t. The bulk of European catches were landed by French, Portuguese, Spanish and UK fleets. Loligo forbesi is the most frequently caught species in UK waters, and forms the basis of significant by-catch fisheries, with annual landings as high as 3,500 t. A significant proportion (5–70%) of the total Scottish squid landings are caught in the Moray Firth, where a seasonal, directed fishery operates during summer-autumn. The size of the fleet directly involved in this fishery has ranged from 20–65 vessels in recent years. Many of the fishing crews target squid for several weeks, when large numbers of small squid recruit to the fishery.
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    UK Economic Fleet Estimates and Fleet Enquiry Tool - Methodology Report

    This report is intended as a support document to the UK Economic Fleet Estimates and Seafish Fleet Enquiry Tool in Tableau which contains data on the size, structure and economic performance of the UK catching sector.
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    Trial of acoustic deterrents for prevention of porpoise by-catch (porpoise pingers) Phase 1 - Deployment trials

    This report details the practicalities of attachment, deployment and testing of pingers.