Seafish launches economic fleet survey
Three of the researchers. L-R: Claire Tulloch, Jack Emmerson and Faye Simpson
The UK’s Seafish is calling for participation in its annual economic survey of the UK fishing fleet.
Between August and October 2012, the Seafish economics team will interview hundreds of skippers and vessel owners at ports around the UK to build an up-to-date picture of fleet performance.
Seafish aims to gather and analyse opinion from several hundred vessel owners to ensure the survey results accurately represent the financial performance of the UK fishing industry.
The results, which will be published in early 2013, will enable industry and policy makers to better understand the economic consequences of changes in regulatory measures and external shocks, such as decreases in Total Allowable Catch (TACs), closed areas and fuel price increases.
To ensure widespread accessibility, for the first time the survey will be available to complete online at the Seafish website.
Paul Williams, chief executive of Seafish said: “This is an important piece of work and allows Seafish to add real value to the fishing industry. Our team of economists work extremely hard to compile this information which is used to better understand the industry as a whole and to inform key decision makers. We would encourage skippers and boat owners across the UK to speak to our surveyors or go online and complete the survey so that we can present the most accurate picture possible.”
Four researchers will conduct the survey with vessel owners and will be tweeting regular updates as they work their way around the coast. Progress can be followed @seafishuk.
All survey information, including accounts, is treated as confidential and no individual vessel figures will be revealed in any report.
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