Háskóli Íslands

MINOUW

Project reference: 634495

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.2. - SOCIETAL CHALLENGES - Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine, maritime and inland water research, and the bioeconomy

Science, Technology, and Society Initiative to minimize Unwanted Catches in European Fisheries

From 2015-03-01 to 2019-02-28, ongoing project

Project details

Total cost: EUR 6 239 622,38

EU contribution: EUR 5 904 029,5

Coordinated in: Spain

Topic(s):

SFS-09-2014 - Towards a gradual elimination of discards in European fisheries

Call for proposal:

H2020-SFS-2014-2See other projects for this call

Funding scheme:

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Objective

The complexity of the problem of banning discards and bringing all unwanted catches to land makes it necessary to follow a multi-actor approach, whereby scientists, fisheries technologists, fish producers and NGOs work collaboratively to provide the scientific and technical basis to achieve the gradual elimination of discards in European marine fisheries. The project’s overall objective is to minimise unwanted catches by incentivising the adoption of fishing technologies and practices that reduce pre-harvest mortality and post-harvest discards, while avoiding damage to sensitive marine species and habitats. The general approach is based on technical/technological and socioeconomic solutions on a case-by-case analysis of the main types of European fisheries. The project will analyze existing and potential discard-mitigating innovative technologies in workshop roundtables with participation of fishers, technologists and scientists. The technologies selected will be tested in field trials to experimentally assess their efficiency: among other, improved precatch identification with observational technologies and pre-harvest loss reduction by gear modification and switching to light impact gear. The results will be analyzed in terms of technological advances, marketability and cost-benefit analysis. Other actions included in the project are social and economic instruments to incentivise selective fishing and discourage discarding practices, such as ecolabelling, fisheries certification and promoting awareness among industry and consumers, and mathematical modelling of ecosystem effects of unwanted catches reduction.

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Coordinator

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS

Spain

Participants

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

HASKOLI ISLANDS

Iceland

WWF EUROPEAN POLICY PROGRAMME AISBL

Belgium

ILLES BALEARS

Spain

CENTRO DE CIENCIAS DO MAR DO ALGARVE

Portugal

HAVFORSKNINGSINSTITUTTET

Norway

CONSORZIO PER IL CENTRO INTERUNIVERSITARIO DI BIOLOGIA MARINA ED ECOLOGIA APPLICATA G. BACCI

Italy

HELLENIC CENTRE FOR MARINE RESEARCH

Greece

UNIVERSIDAD DEL PAIS VASCO/ EUSKAL HERRIKO UNIBERTSITATEA

Spain

NISEA SOCIETA COOPERATIVA

Italy

PROYECTOS BIOLOGICOS Y TECNICOS S.L.

Spain

UNIVERSITY OF YORK

United Kingdom

ISRAEL OCEANOGRAPHIC AND LIMNOLOGICAL RESEARCH LIMITED

Israel

HELSINGIN YLIOPISTO

Finland

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