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Collection of bycatch data for spurdog (Squalus acanthias) in the North Minch fishery: Report of Fishing Industry Science Alliance (FISA) Project 02/13

doi: 
10.7489/1617-1

Scottish Marine and Freshwater Science Vol 6 No 7

The north-eastern Atlantic stock of spurdog (Squalus acanthias) is assessed as being at a historical low by ICES and others (De Oliveira et al. 2013, ICES 2014). In consequence a zero Total Allowable Catch limit was set throughout EU waters (European Commission 2015). The aims of the present project were to collect new data on the levels of spurdog by-catch, locations of by-catch and to collect biological information in terms of the sizes and sex of the fish caught in order to inform the debate on whether a controlled incidental by-catch (i.e. not targeted) fishery could be considered. The project was funded to run over the winters of 2013/14 and 2014/15. Because not all the available budget for sampling in 2013/2014 was spent, sampling was extended to cover the spring and summer 2014.

Citation: 
Fox, C. (2015). Collection of bycatch data for spurdog (Squalus acanthias) in the North Minch fishery: Report of Fishing Industry Science Alliance (FISA) Project 02/13. Scottish Marine and Freshwater Science Vol 6 No 7, Edinburgh: Scottish Government, 19pp.
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Modified Date
2015-07-22
Release Date
2015-07-22
Identifier
f4d3a2d5-375d-4ebf-bff0-18c35afa8f09
Spatial / Geographical Coverage Location
Scotland, North Minch
License
UK Open Government Licence (OGL)
Author
C. Fox
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A methodology was designed, discussed and agreed with industry representatives and Marine Scotland Science. A number of vessels fishing from Barra and Stornoway volunteered to take part in collecting samples and recording their by-catches, additional vessels agreed to make records of spurdog discards available from their electronic landings returns.

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