Seafish annual fleet survey to examine Broch

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Seafish, the NDPB set up by the Fisheries Act 1981, has this week launched its 11th annual economic survey of the UK fishing fleet.

O ver the summer months Seafish researchers will visit ports across the UK to speak to vessel owners and skippers from all sectors of the industry to collect data on fishing and vessel costs.

By gathering this information Seafish economists will then be able to build a current and insight-led picture of the UK fleet’s economic performance.

During the first week (29th June – 3rd July) the researchers will be in Scotland’s north east covering Aberdeen, Fraserburgh and Peterhead.

The results, to be published in 2016, are intended to guide industry and policy makers understanding of the socio-economic consequences of ongoing changes to fisheries management measures in addition to the wider financial climate.

This year the survey will also incorporate additional research to investigate the impact of the Landing Obligation on strategic intentions for demersal and nephrops vessel businesses.

Having been well received by industry in previous years, the survey will again be supported by a number of national federations and local associations around the UK.

Fishermen and vessel owners should look out for Seafish’s team of four researchers who will conduct the survey from July to September.

They will be tweeting regular updates as they work their way around the coast.

Follow their progress @seafishuk, on the Seafish website or in Fishing News.All information provided is treated as confidential and no individual vessel figures will be revealed in any report. For more information please visit the Seafish website.

If you would like to take part in the survey, or for more information, please contact Steven Lawrence on 0131 524 8663, steven.lawrence@seafish.co.uk or if you would like to view the latest reports generated by the survey please visit the Industry Economics section of the website.

Seafish was founded in 1981 by an Act of Parliament and aims to support all sectors of the seafood industry for a sustainable, profitable future.