Three fishing charities have joined forces to support the development of industry-driven scientific research, with funding available to take successful ideas forward.

This project is being co-ordinated by Fishing into the Future, Fishing Animateurs and The Fishmongers’ Company’ Fisheries Charitable Trust. The three charities are asking the fishing industry to come forward with their initial ideas on research that might improve their fishery.

Project proposals should be in line with the objectives of the Fisheries Industry Science Partnership (FISP) scheme, and should seek to achieve at least one of the following criteria:

  • Improving data collection, particularly for data-limited species
  • Enhancing knowledge of technical measures, including fishing gear selectivity
  • Building a better understanding of the ecosystem benefits and environmental impacts of aquaculture.

To enable access to the FISP scheme, the project will connect applicants to relevant fisheries scientists, who can help them to develop their ideas further. Once a preliminary plan has been identified, the Fishing Animateurs will then apply for ‘research development’ funds, under the first stage (Part A) of the FISP scheme.

If suitable, Fishing into the Future can support the development of the research proposal by building connections between industry and science, developing knowledge and sharing information, and facilitating the development of a research proposal. The FISP scheme is a competitive process. Successful projects under Part A (i.e. the development of a research study) will be given matched funds by The Fishmongers’ Company’ Fisheries Charitable Trust. Fully developed scientific proposals can apply for funding under the FISP (Part B) scheme.

Further information can be found in the infographic below. To put forward your idea or proposal, contact the Fishing Animateurs. Call: 01736 362782 to leave a message about your project idea, text: 07534580450 with your name, project theme and size of vessel, or email: fishing@cornwallrcc.

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