Technological & field results
The first phase of the MINOUW project (March 2015 - June 2017) has consisted of conducting 17 case studies spread across 7 countries. The objective is to develop and test solutions to the problems of unwanted catches, discarding and utilisation, hand-in-hand with fishermen and other actors in European fisheries, and to better understand the nature of discarding practices and their impact in ecological, socioeconomic and technical terms.
Download PDF summaries of initial results from the case studies below.
CS 1.2 - Results Algarve deep-water crustacean fishery
Evaluating whether use of light technology and alternative fishing gear can improve catch efficiency and reduce by-catch in deep-water crustacean fisheries. (637 KB)
CS 1.5 - Results Bottom trawl crustacean fisheries in Sicily, Italy
Combining work with local fishers to find practical solutions to reduce discards, alongside scientific modelling on the impacts of discarding practices and solutions on marine ecosystems. (617 KB)
CS 2.2 - Results Algarve Purse seine fisheries, Portugal
Testing methods for improving pre-catch identification and survival rates of unwanted catches in purse-seine fisheries.(1 MB)
CS 3.1a Algarve Trammel Nets, Portugal
Evaluating modifications to fishing gear in trammel net fisheries targeting Cuttlefish, Soles, and Rays.(1 MB)
CS 3.5 - Results Trammel nets in Tuscany, Italy
Research to evaluate the impact of modifications to trammel nets on discards in the Ligurian Sea, Viareggio, Italy
CS 3.7 - Results Transition to pots for gadoid fish, Norway
Using artificial light to improve the effectiveness of pots for gadoid fish along the coast of Norway.
CS 1.4a - Results Sea Bottom trawl, Catalonia
Testing if a modified trawl improves selectivity in Hake and Red mullet fisheries. (628 KB)
CS 1.4b - Results Sea Bottom trawl, Catalonia
The effect of using artificial lights on Norway lobster trawl fishery. (617 KB)
CS 2.3 - Results North Agean purse seine, Kavala, Greece
A comparison of fisheries discards in the North and the Central Aegean Sea fleets for the period 2003-2008 revealed great differences in discards ratio at the fishery level. (634 KB)
CS 3.1b - Results Algarve bivalve dredge, Portugal
Research to establish the nature of discards in dredge fisheries, and the impact of using a by-catch reduction device (BRD). (918 KB)
CS 3.4b - Results Trammel net fishery, Catalonia
The guarding net on the footrope of trammelnets is easy to adopt and can be wholly recommended for small scale trammel net fisheries. Its production and fitting is simple.(610 KB)
CS 3.6 - Results Aegean Sea drifting longlines
Evaluating the impact of experimenting with different hook types on catch rates of target species and by-catch.