Our small-scale fisheries research seeks to compile and evaluate all existing knowledge on fishing practices in the Northeast Atlantic. By understanding the practices in use across the region we can identify areas – both geographical and academic – in which knowledge gaps may exist.
This research can be broken down into a series of actions which, when completed, will result in the creation of a resource that provides relevant information and recommendations on marine management, habitat protection and stakeholder involvement:
The research partners collaborating on small-scale fisheries research are using their skills in analytics, marine planning and mapping to produce a resource that is accessible, relevant and useful to all parties, and works in accordance with EU and wider regulatory bodies.
Lead partner: AZTI Foundation
To maintain ecosystem integrity and identify areas of high pressure on biodiversity, we are assessing the impacts of small-scale fishing activities across the Northeast Atlantic. This information will help develop measures that will secure fishing resources long into the future.
We are designing an interactive tool which will allow users to describe and map small scale-fishing activity. By placing the Northeast Atlantic’s small-scale fishing within a wider context, this tool will facilitate fisheries management, education, public awareness, and habitat protection.
Our analysis looks beyond fisheries as a source of food to consider their natural and cultural heritage values, allowing stakeholders to account for the real socioeconomic impact of fisheries and marine ecosystems across the region.