15 Feb Pembrokeshire Sustainable Shellfish Pilot Initiative

Pembrokeshire Sustainable Shellfish Pilot Initiative

The Pembrokeshire Sustainable Shellfish Pilot Initiative is being funded by Welsh Government’s Sustainable Development Fund (administered by Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority) with cash and/or in kind support from;

  • Pembrokeshire Marine Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
  • Relevant Authorities Group,
  • West Wales Shellfisherman’s Association (WWSFA) Ltd.,
  • Members of the Global Ghost Gear Initiative (GGGI).

It aims to raise awareness and understanding, amongst the fishing industry and coastal managers, of the environmental and economic issues associated with ghost fishing of static gear, and of voluntary measures to improve fishing sustainability.

By introducing a series of voluntary measures such as gear tagging, biodegradable hooks, escape hatches and v-notching lobsters, as well as educating fishermen, the project aims to demonstrate that it is possible to improve the sustainability of static fishing gear off the Pembrokeshire Coast. Consequently this will reduce the impact that lost fishing gear is having on the marine environment. The environmental improvements secured will benefit the Pembrokeshire Marine Special Area of Conservation (SAC), future generations making use of the site’s living resources, and also sustain economic returns for fishermen. Liaison will ensure that the Pembrokeshire pilot is informed by previous/existing work as well as helping to provide evidence to support future fisheries management. Outputs will be shared with the fishing industry in Wales, Welsh Government and any other interested parties.

Volunteer fishermen interested in taking part in the pilot from March 2016 to March 2017 are asked to contact Stephen DeWaine or Sue Burton.  Gear modifications will be provided for and a small payment will be made to participating fishermen (£100 per 50 pots converted and a £100 monitoring fee).

The project is a pilot research environmental project with funding awarded to the Marine Special Area of Conservation (SAC) Relevant Authorities Group and will be managed by the Marine SAC Officer Sue Burton.

Sue Burton sacofficer@pembrokeshiremarinesac.org.uk
Stephen DeWaine wwsfa@hotmail.coo.uk