Assessing sharks, skates, rays, and black bream in Dorset and the Solent
In a separate project, researchers will work with fishing communities to assess the habitats and movement of species including sharks, skates, rays, and black bream.
To ensure the sustainability and survival of their industry, charter boat owners and regulators will help to fill the gaps in data needed for effective, informed management.
They will establish a network of acoustic receivers across the region, tagging and tracking 200 black bream and 100 sharks, skates and rays.
The research will focus on fishing hotspots and three Marine Conservation Zones, helping to establish migration patterns, site fidelity and the effect of angler disturbance during nesting.
The £738,175 project will be delivered in partnership with the Professional Boatman’s Association, Natural England, the Southern Inshore Fisheries Conservation Authority, and the Angling Trust.