It should be noted that many of the trials which have been undertaken have focused on the Cod Recovery Programme and therefore concentrated on the non-capture of cod, although there is some limited data on other species. We now seek to encourage skippers and fishers from all sectors to put forward innovative ideas for more selective gears which will help their targeted fishery become more sustainable.
GITAG aims to address these research and development gaps by working with key partners including industry, Marine Scotland Policy, Marine Scotland Science, Producer Organisations’ and Seafish to promote and encourage innovation from the fishing industry as a whole.
To recap, Phase I delivered four projects, three of which went to full charter and one which was essentially a development project. The reports for these trials will be available as both summary sheets as well as the more detailed reports.
Phase II of the GITAG project is open to all Scottish vessels and its’ main objective is to look at individual business needs to ensure that the landing obligation can be met as it stands at the moment.
We are looking to bring forward innovative projects which, when developed, suit specific business needs but may also have relevance to the wider fleet. GITAG Phase II runs to December 2019 giving the industry a great opportunity to use the funds available to bring about innovation within the Scottish fishery.