Many species of fish which are popular for recreational anglers in the UK, spend their early life in heavily impacted inshore areas. However, we currently have very little detail about the specific habitats they need and if factors such as climate change and other human activities are placing them under threat. By developing new technology, we are striving to take a big step forward in delivering the evidence needed to support policy decisions and management actions that make fisheries more sustainable through broader consideration of the ecosystems on which exploited populations depend. We are also excited for the opportunity to build genuine partnerships: the project is a vehicle for the fishing industry, scientists and managers to work together to devise effective management, giving the industry a louder voice and greater stake in management and policy.
Lecturer in Marine Biology and project lead
Having assisted with trials to develop the process of viewing video footage of juvenile fish movements, we are delighted to be partnering with the University of Plymouth on this important research project. This will not only enable members to help analyse fish movements from their own homes, but also to get involved in local fish sampling surveys. The information gained from these activities will lead to improved protection of existing, and the establishment of new, habitats which are essential for successful bass recruitment.