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Fisheries Science Partnership

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We want to involve more fishermen in commissioning science for projects that will benefit the industry through improved fisheries data or stock assessments and through innovative ideas on gear technology.

To achieve these objectives, the programme will:

  • deliver demonstration projects that support implementation of Common Fisheries Policy reform, particularly on the landing obligation
  • provide information from commercial fishing catches on key stocks to supplement data sources traditionally used in ICES (International Council for the Exploration of the Seas) assessments
  • investigate concerns raised by fishermen on scientific assessments or on fish stocks not currently assessed
  • investigate innovative scientific methods and/or more selective/environmentally friendly fishing methods
  • support the work of the Regional Advisory Councils, e.g. Northwestern Waters Regional Advice Council

The programme will mainly support projects in UK waters, focusing predominantly on the English fisheries and involve fishing vessels able to take part in the projects.

See reports of completed FSP projects.

Seeking project ideas for 2015 to 2016

We are inviting FSP project proposals for the next financial year, 2015 to 2016. Project ideas should be practical, able to deliver a real solution, come from fisherman and meet at least one of the FSP objectives above.

The FSP panel will be particularly interested to see proposals that will help the implementation of Common Fisheries Policy reform, especially innovative approaches to the forthcoming demersal landing obligation. Examples include, but are not restricted to:

  • mixed-fishery and regional approaches
  • selectivity improvements (including new gear)
  • discard-survivability studies
  • spatial adaptations
  • emerging issues in support of the Advisory Councils (ACs).

Project ideas need to be practical, able to deliver a real solution and be completed during 2015 to 2016.

Turning a proposal idea into a scientifically deliverable project is not always easy, so proposers may wish to contact our FSP Contracts Office who can refer applicants to a Cefas scientist for advice related to a particular idea.

A form (in Word format) to help proposers construct a suitable project by prompting the essential required details is available for downloading.

Please note: Submission of a project is not a guarantee that the idea will be funded. Further, all project ideas deemed suitable are then commissioned through a competitive process.

Ideas for proposals for projects must be submitted to the FSP Contracts Office by Friday 23 January 2015.

Once a project idea form is received at Cefas, a check will be done to see if all the details have been provided (locality, time of work, vessel size and type, gear etc.) after which the proposer may be contacted for further details. Those project ideas which are confirmed as suitable will then be subject to a competitive tender process with the projects Invitation to Tender being published on this website. Invitation to Tender documents will be available for downloading from this website along with copies of draft contract and terms and conditions, they can also be obtained from the address below.

Please note that there are strict deadlines for tender submissions.

FSP projects in 2014 to 2015 are as follows:

Project 40: Western Channel Sole and Plaice Beam Trawl Survey

Purpose: To extend the time series of surveys (started in 2003) in the western English Channel in order to provide information on the distribution patterns of sole, plaice and other commercial by-catch species; trends in abundance and the age composition of sole and plaice; and additional information on the by-catch of species such as cod.

Timing: September to October

Vessel: Carhelmar

Project 41: Area VII Haddock Discard Eliminations Using Technical Measures

Purpose: To develop gear technology solutions to minimise the capture of grades 4 and 5 haddock in the South West mixed otter trawl fishery and to collect supplementary observer data from the TR1 fleet.

Timing: September to October

Vessels: Our Olivia Belle

Project 42: Aligning Spurdog Management with the Landing Obligation under the Reformed Common Fisheries Policy

Purpose: The primary aim of this project will be obtaining the necessary regional and European involvement from various organisations, stakeholders groups and NGO’s for a UK-led initiative for the alignment of spurdog management measures in the Northeast Atlantic.

Timing: July to March 15

Contractor: NFFO Ltd

Project 43: North East Coast Study on the Survival of Discards

Purpose: To provide information on the potential survival of fish caught in trawl gears of vessels >10m with the aim of releasing alive and so inform whether they should be exempt from the landing obligation (discard ban).

Timing: July to Dec

Vessel: Emulator

Project 44: Maximising Economic Return for the Haddock Fishery by Selective Mesh Size in the Under 10m Gillnet Fleet

Purpose: This project will undertake a desk based study to focus on data collection and analysis to understand the selective and economic returns of gill nets in the South West.

Timing: July to March 15

Contractor: Cadgwith and Helford District Fishermens Society Ltd

Contact details

FSP Contract Office Cefas Pakefield Road Lowestoft, Suffolk NR33 0HT UK Tel: +44 (0)1502 527706 Email:,