Since 2014, FIS has commissioned around £2m project spend on research and investing in people
to help make Scottish fisheries more prosperous and sustainable through innovation.


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Novel approaches to trapping: fishing and surveying (FIS025)

This project investigates the potential for a whitefish trap fishery to the West of Scotland. At-sea deployment of newly designed gear will trial the use of baited fish traps at depth novel way to harvest whitefish. The research asks how this might be achieved on a commercial scale and whether the approach could be used to survey whitefish stocks.


Industry Self-Sampling Pilot (FIS020)

Using data collected by fishers on deck can help inform management and increase trust in stock assessments. This project reviews the efficacy of self-sampling schemes and the opportunities for such programmes in Scotland. While pelagic fisheries are at the centre of the project, there is potential to apply the approach to other sectors of the fishing industry. Winner of the 2019 Sustainability Award from Fishing News.


Survival of post-catch Nephrops (FIS015)

Some species have high survival post-catch, so can be granted an exemption from the Landing Obligation. If they survive being caught, landing such species would increase fishing mortality without benefit to stock conservation. This project explores whether Nephrops are eligible for such an exemption through trials within the large-scale fleet.



2407, 2019

Heriot-Watt to help boost Scotland’s fishing industry

9:52 am|Categories: Press Release|

Fisheries Innovation Scotland (FIS) has welcomed Heriot-Watt University onto its Board. The University is the first academic institution to join FIS taking its place alongside a range of high-profile members including government organisations, representatives from the processing and [...]

1907, 2019

Still time for Scottish fishing industry to adapt to climate change

9:18 am|Categories: Press Release|

A University of Aberdeen scientist will present the findings of a report that shows although climate change is already having an impact on fish and fisheries globally, there is still time for the Scottish fishing industry to get [...]

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