Experiences of how fishers grab opportunities in (more) free regulation of gear

Søren Qvist Eliasen, Lars O. Mortensen, Clara Ulrich

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In the Minidisc project 14 vessels fished under conditions corresponding to free choose of gear. Based on the skippers initial idea of gear adjustment and a subsequent interview 6 months later the experiences of the skippers´ choice of “free” gear, the process for adjusting it and the tools for evaluating the efficiency and selectivity are discussed. Only incremental development using elements from previous used gear and other fisheries were found. Gear development took place in an interaction between the skipper and trawl maker, while no research was involved. This indicates that free choice of gear (under monitored discard ban) would lead to incremental adjustments. Parts of the fleet would have difficulties in evaluating the gear and subsequently optimise by adjusting. This would leave a need for support for development of evaluation procedures, especially among the small vessels. Radical changes probably would still need collective or public investments.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2015
Number of pages2
Publication statusPublished - 2015
EventICES Annual Science Conference 2015 - Copenhagen, Denmark
Duration: 21 Sep 201525 Sep 2015


ConferenceICES Annual Science Conference 2015

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ICES ASC 2015/L:14


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