Survival of Post-Catch Nephrops (B)


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.

Economic Analysis of Quota Allocation


Economic analysis of quota allocation (FIS012-B)

This research identifies issues for Scottish vessels in complying with the Landing Obligation and outlines possible solutions to potential problems. Economic analyses point to national quota allocation and a streamlining of the reallocation process. The work also outlines potential funding opportunities and plans for future research.

International Quota Management


International quota management (FIS012-A)

This research evaluates the potential to balance fishing opportunities with catches in the North Sea. The work highlights that Total Allowable Catch contributes to a number of choke species issues and identifies a need for alternative risk-based approaches when managing fishing quota.

Relative Stability Quota Shares


Reconsideration of European relative stability quota shares and implications for the landings obligation (FIS005)

This project investigates whether the distributions of fish and fishing effort have changed since quota shares were assigned. The work reveals that stock distributions have changed significantly, generally migrating north. Stock distribution is markedly different from quota distribution, especially for countries in the North Sea.

Mapping and Modelling the Incentives


Mapping and modelling the incentives for a Landing Obligation in demersal fisheries (FIS006)

To help fishers comply with the Landing Obligation, the right incentives need to be in place. This project maps the incentives for catching, retaining and landing different species and predicts fishers’ behavioural responses to them. The study shows that discarding needs to be perceived as a costly activity in order for the Landing Obligation to be effectively enforced.