Through this collaborative work, the PFA have been able to take a leading role in the accumulation of knowledge and data for vital scientific research.
Focuses on collecting scientific data in a commercial environment. With this data, we gain more insight in the status and development of different stocks.
Scientific stock assessment studies often involve collection of data with acoustic equipment. Our vessels have the most advanced acoustic equipment onboard, and are often collecting data on the fishing grounds. We are looking for a way to include industry data in fish stock assessments.
To gain more insight on stock composition and distribution, we regularly collect genetic samples.
Reproduction of fish is very important. Therefore, we often contribute to collecting data on gonads (reproductive organs of fish) of herring and mackerel. Some of this data is already used for international stock assessments.
Sustainability is of course one of our main priorities. Therefore, improving the fishing selectivity is situated high on our list because it supports sustainable stock management.
To improve our selectivity, we are working on pre-catch information systems to determine beforehand whether or not to set out the trawl.
Fishers are our eyes, ears and hands at sea. They have an extensive amount of knowledge available, which could be of great value to expert groups.
– PFA President Tim Heddema