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  • Marine Protected Areas (MPAs)

    MPAs cover almost a quarter of UK waters and have a diverse range of conservation goals, including protecting fish, seabirds and habitats.
  • Fish stock assessment and management

    Sustainable fisheries management is vital in maintaining healthy fish stocks. We’ve produced guidance on how stock assessment and management works.
  • Risk assessments and tools for fisheries management

    We have developed risk assessment frameworks which can be applied to wild capture fisheries.
  • Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated fishing

    Unauthorised fishing or activity that breaches regional, national or international laws is known as Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing.
  • Types of fishing gear

    Different kinds of gear have evolved to target particular species or groups of species. We have produced guidance on commonly used fishing gear.
  • Selective gear technology for fishing

    We work with the fishing industry in the UK to develop selective gear technologies that improve net-based fishing.
  • Animal sentience and welfare

    We’re working with industry and government to provide advice and guidance on animal welfare issues.
  • Fishing Gear Database

    Our Fishing Gear Database provides information on how gear and selective devices work to make catching fish more efficient and reduce unwanted catch.
  • Gear

  • Demersal Trawl - Sole Trawl

    This is a trawl towed on the seabed, with the mouth held open by a pair of otter boards (trawl doors) designed and rigged to target Dover sole.
  • Demersal Trawl - Scraper net

    A long low demersal trawl towed on the seabed, with the mouth held open by a pair of otter boards (trawl doors).
  • Demersal Trawl - Rockhopper trawl

    The rockhopper, or hopper trawl, is a  trawl that is towed on the seabed, with the mouth held open by a pair of otter boards (trawl doors).