Objectives & Activities
Respected providers of scientifically credible data
The science vision of SPFA is for Scottish pelagic fishermen, respected providers of scientifically credible data that’s used to assess fish stocks, monitor changes in the pelagic ecosystem, and support management decisions.
Two key actions underpin the SPFA data collection strategy – establishing pelagic vessels as scientific research vessels and working with fish factories to promote the collection of scientific and biological data on pelagic fish.
|Establish pelagic fishing vessels as research platforms, mapping changes in the abundance and distribution of pelagic fish in the areas they operate.
Equip and train in relevent methods to achieve this.
|Data collection||6aN herring survey|
Self-sampling feasibility/ pilot
|Work with fish factories to promote the collection of scientific biological data on pelagic fish||Data collection||Mackerel tagging|
Fish fats as ecosystem indicators
|Actively contribute to European and international developments of the science agenda influencing approaches to management of pelagic stocks.||Engagement||ICES, Pelac|
|Strengthen and promote collaborative science partnerships involving industry, government and academia.||Engagement||Guidelines for industry-science|
Training – Fishing into the Future
|Build awareness and understanding of the science concepts and issues relevant to the pelagic industry, through engaging and informative media.||Engagement||Various communication channels|
|Uphold scientific standards and maintain scientific reputation at all times||Engagement||Quality, Integrity, Transparency|