By Tom Catchpole, Cefas This week we unveiled the new and improved online gear selectivity tool, which is an exciting moment for the Gearing Up team. Since launching in 2017, we’ve been working hard to gather feedback from stakeholders across Europe, asking them about the tool’s functions, data and ease of use. We’ve had positive […]
Back in March 2017, Ben Collier introduced the industry-led collaborative project: The Northern Ireland Gear Trials project. As well as experimenting with lights in trawls to increase the selectivity of target species, Ben and his team have also been working on other novel gear design approaches. Now, Ben is back to update us on the […]
Ben Collier from Northern Ireland Gear Trial project has been working with light technology to help reduce unwanted catch and improve selectivity. Preliminary results show that light could have an impact on fish behaviour with further trials to be completed by March 2018. Stay tuned for more #GearingUpdates from the Northern Ireland Gear Trial Project. […]
Like all fishermen, we have made many changes to how our gear fishes over the years. As we work towards the Landing Obligation we are having to fine tune our fishing gear so that we are able to take the fish we have the quota for and filter out the fish for which there is […]
The Fisheries Conservation team in BIM assesses a range of gear modifications to reduce unwanted catches and address requirements under the EU landing obligation. In this blog post, I highlight one of our most successful gear trials – the SELTRA sorting box. I am part of the Fisheries Conservation team (in BIM—Ireland’s Seafood Development […]
Tom Catchpole, a fisheries scientist from Cefas, explains the reason for creating GearingUp and what his hopes are for its future.