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Free selection in fishing gear

The project will look at the possible consequences of more free selection in fishing gear within the pelagic sector and in the cod sector. There shall in particular be considered whether a more free selection in fishing gear represents an efficiency gain in the part of the fishing fleet that are covered by the project. The project refers to an important goal to identify new measures that can rationalize the fishery, including strengthening the fishing fleet's environmental profile in the context of the current fisheries management.

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Fisheries and Aquaculture Research Fund, FHF finance the project that will analyze the impact of more free selection in fishing gear light of indicators such as:

a) The fleet's carbon footprint
b) economic effects
c) capacity development
d) the catch and landing patterns
e) effects on the fleet structure
f) the use of hunting areas
g) tax patterns

To provide management, business organizations, private sector and other interested parties a balanced analysis of possible consequences and efficiency gains of more free selection in fishing gear in pelagic group (nets and in pelagic trawls) and the cod trawl group (trawls, pelagic trawls and Danish seine).

Expected utility value
Good scientific and balanced analysis will strengthen the decision basis for stakeholders such as public administration, the Norwegian Fishermen's Association and the industry in the harvesting sector on a topic that is high on the agenda.

SINTEF Fisheries and Aquaculture will be responsible for the project. In addition, Norwegian College of Fishery Science / University of Tromsø be a major scientific contributor to the project as a whole, particularly in sub-topic e) fleet structure and f) area / hunting areas. 

Key Factors

Project duration

01/01/2011 - 31/12/2011