Objective One fisheries grant for
shellfish stock survey
Objective One Fisheries Investment of £17,250 will
enable Cornwall Sea Fisheries Committee to undertake a three-year
survey of shellfish stocks around the Cornish coast.
Shellfish such as crabs and lobsters are an important part
of the Cornish fishing industry, but there is surprisingly
little information concerning their stocks in Cornwall. Although
there is data on shellfish landings, there is not much information
about the sizes and amounts of smaller shellfish and other
species that are caught then returned live to the sea.
This survey will involve monthly surveys at sea with the
help of six vessels spread around the Cornish coast. Records
will be kept of the size and sex of different species, the
presence of berried (egg-bearing) females, whether the shellfish
are damaged or diseased and additional information such as
the location of fishing gear, the type of pots and baits used,
and weather conditions, including the monitoring of water
temperatures using probes attached to the pots.
The data will be collated into a final report in 2006 and
will be used to improve the future management of shellfisheries
in Cornwall's inshore waters.
Sam Davis, the Fishery Officer responsible for the survey
work, said: "The response I've had from the skippers and
crews involved in the survey has been fantastic, they have
all been really keen to help. The data gathered so far is
showing how diverse the fishery is from one area to another,
a fact better known to fishermen than scientists, I suspect."
Eddy Derriman, Chief Fishery Officer at Cornwall Sea Fisheries
Committee, added: "We have wanted to do a survey of this
kind for many years, as we recognise the value of shellfisheries
around our coast. With the help of Objective One funding,
we will have a baseline of information against which we can
monitor trends in the future."
Alison Elvey, Objective One Fisheries Programme Manager stated:
"Work like this which helps decision makers make better
informed decisions on fisheries management is brilliant. It
is great seeing the fishermen getting involved as they know
more than anyone what the fisheries are like."
For more information please contact:
Sam Davies, Cornwall Sea Fisheries Committee
Tel: 01736 369817
Alison Elvey, South West Pesca Ltd
Trevint House, Strangways Villas, Truro TR1 2PA
Tel: 01872 270333
Fax: 01872 242470
Objective One Partnership Office
Truro TR1 2UD
Tel: 01872 241379
Fax: 01872 241388
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