Through a variety of collaborative approaches, including the Fisheries Science Partnership, Defra is committed to working with the fishing industry, stakeholders and scientists for the sustainable management of UK fisheries.

We are inviting FSP project proposals for the next financial year, subject to confirmation of funding for 2020/21. Project ideas should be practical, able to deliver a real solution, come from fishermen and meet at least one of the FSP objectives set out on the FSP GOV.UK website.

The FSP stakeholder panel will be particularly interested to see proposals that will help the implementation of UK fisheries policy, especially innovative approaches to the landing obligation. Examples include, but are not restricted to:

  • mixed-fishery approaches
  • selectivity improvements (including new gear)
  • discard-survival studies
  • spatial adaptations

For further information or to submit an idea:

All ideas will be considered, but submission of an idea is no guarantee that the idea will be funded. Any practical fieldwork required to deliver projects will need to be conducted between August 2020 and February 2021. Suitable ideas will be commissioned through a competitive tendering process.

Deadline for receipt of proposals (to the FSP Contracts Office): – Friday 17th April 2020.


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