Future plans for English fisheries
Project Inshore will provide sustainability plans for traditional English fisheries
A unique partnership of retailers, suppliers, NGOs and the fishing industry started a new project directed at the future sustainability of England’s traditional coastal fisheries last week.
Project Inshore will map all coastal fisheries together and provide sustainability plans for each of them which will help to guarantee seafood supplies from these traditional boats for future generations.
Fisheries minister, Richard Benyon, said: “The inshore fishing fleet is vital to our local communities in both the value they add to the economy and the jobs they provide. This project should help to ensure that our inshore fleet can continue to flourish, that fish stocks are managed sustainably and our marine environment is given the protection it needs.”
Project Inshore, led by Seafish, will use assessments based on the Marine Stewardship Council standard for sustainable fishing to produce tailored reports for every fishery. These reports will advise managers on best practice and provide an independent evidence base to attract targeted investment in further scientific research.
For some, the £500,000 project will offer the opportunity to enter full assessment for MSC certification. For others, a clear plan will be drawn up so that all English inshore fisheries can work towards the benefits of the certification offered by the MSC.
Partners supporting the project include Marine Management Organisation (MMO), European Fisheries Fund (EFF) and Shellfish Association of Great Britain (SAGB).
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