Fishing for collaboration

Posted by er134 at Jun 11, 2014 11:44 AM |
New video highlights research collaboration calling for sustainable fisheries
Fishing for collaboration

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Academics from the University of Leicester have teamed up with researchers from across Europe to develop partnerships for more sustainable fisheries via the GAP2 project.

The project, which is funded by the European Commission, aims to bring fishers, scientists and policy makers together, and is leading a number of research groups throughout the continent.

Emeritus Professor Paul Hart from our Department of Biology is leading a project investigating brown crab behaviour based on the experiences of fishers and scientists.

Professor Hart explained: “Leicester is working with the crab fishers of South Devon which have been a part of the region for at least 150 years. We have been gathering data from the fishery with the final aim of developing a computer based model which we hope will provide the fishers with a tool for assessing the sustainability of the fishery.

“As with all the GAP2 projects, the aim is to work in partnership with the fishers and in general this has worked well with the Devon crabbers.”

In a new video launched by GAP2 on Tuesday 10 June, the work of a Norwegian anthropologist introducing the co-management of the Mediterranean Red Shrimp fishery in Palamós, Spain is highlighted to demonstrate that the project’s vision is not only possible, but can lead to fruitful long-term working partnerships.

The film demonstrates how collaboration between fishers, scientists and policy makers can lead to development and implementation of a fishery management plan which is considered essential to sustainable fisheries management.

Professor Hart added: “This film provides a perspective on this type of work and although the details are different to my own project, the aims and objectives are the same: co-operation between fisher, scientist and eventually policy maker.”

Find out more via GAP2's website

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