Nov 19, 2014

Solway Inshore Fisheries Sub-Group Project Workshop and Meeting

Local fishermen are invited to attend a Solway Inshore Fisheries Sub-Group Project Workshop and Meeting on Friday 12 December, between 10.30am and 2.00pm, at the Creebridge House Hotel in Newton Stewart. 


The main purpose of the event is to progress two projects that are underway to help protect the long term sustainability and profitability of the Solway creel fishery: a lobster v-notching trial and the introduction of creel escape panels. Both initiatives are voluntary and are intended to help increase valuable commercial crab and lobster stocks and shorten the time it takes fishermen to sort their catch.


Enabled by funding from South West Inshore Fisheries Group, these projects are being taken forward in a partnership between local creel fishermen, scientists and Solway Firth Partnership. Galloway Static Gear Fishermen’s Association is the industry body representing most local creel fishermen and is a key partner in the projects. Queens University, Belfast, has kindly agreed to carry out genetic analysis of v-notches collected from lobsters as an additional, longer-term part of the initiative.


The event will include demonstrations of v-notch sampling procedures and the issue of sampling equipment packs. We will also be trialling the use of GPS loggers in the creel fishery as a way of enabling fishermen to collect information about their activities and demonstrate spatial use of their areas.  This information can support future management of the fishery and can be incorporated in the marine planning process to help ensure that fisheries interests are accurately represented.


The event is an excellent opportunity for fishermen to get more involved in the management of the local creel fishery and to help protect it for the future so we hope it will be well supported. 


For more information please contact Pam Taylor on 01387 251991

Solway Firth Partnership