Our research shows that using more selective fishing gear is the most effective method for reducing bycatch and discards, and one of the most cost-effective approaches for helping fishers to comply with the Landing Obligation. A pressing need to adapt/solve problems As fishers in Europe contemplate the upcoming implementation of… Continue Reading Better selectivity the key to reducing discards
With the full implementation of the Landing obligation in force from January 2019, fishers face a huge challenge to adapt. Promoting the adoption of affordable, more selective fishing gears would be a huge step in the right direction. The landing obligation – a huge change in European fisheries Introduced under… Continue Reading Facing up to the Landing Obligation
Fishers have been central to the success of the MINOUW project: without their input we would not have been able to identify practical, effective solutions that can be used in fisheries throughout the Mediterranean. Continue Reading Fishers are key to finding solutions
Fisherman in Norway have been using an improved trawling technique to reduce discards for 20 years. The MINOUW project is working with them and their Southern European peers to adapt the technique for the Mediterranean.
Fishermen in Italy, Catalonia and elsewhere in the Mediterranean have been using a simple net modification to greatly reduce by-catch. The MINOUW project has been studying its effectiveness and bringing them together with their peers to share their knowledge and experience.
In purse seine fisheries the ‘slipping method’ is used to release bycatch that would otherwise see fisherman exceed fishing quotas. These ‘slipped’ fish suffer from very high mortality rates, and the MINOUW project has been working with fisherman to test techniques that can reduce this.
Clam fishermen in Portugal have been using modified fishing gear to reduce discards. The MINOUW project is working with them to measure its impact, and assess if the design can used in other Mediterranean fisheries.
Applying science, innovation and partnership to reduce discards in European fisheries.
WWF organises meetings in the field (one per year) tailored to the exchange of experiences between fishers who are participating in the project.
After two successful meetings in Blanes and Sant Carles de la Ràpita, Catalonia, earlier this year to introduce the MINOUW project to local stakeholders,