Marine fisheries within the France (Channel) England region support approximately 4,000 vessels, 27% of the UK and 28% of the French fishing fleets. The regions also host many fishery-dependent communities, with significant input to the local economy and employment rates.
The €4.1 million FISH INTEL project, supported by €2.8 million from the European Regional Development Fund via the Interreg France (Channel) England programme, will use innovative underwater tracking technology to follow marine animals across the Channel and build a comprehensive picture of fish movements and the habitats individual species prefer.
The knowledge gained throughout the project will be used to help authorities across the region implement a holistic approach to fisheries management programmes, ultimately improving damaged habitats, increasing biodiversity and supporting the socio-economic wellbeing of local coastal communities.
The FISH INTEL project is a cross-border collaboration involving partners across the UK, France and Belgium who work directly with fishers, regulators and industry representatives in the three countries, with the University of Plymouth being the lead partner.
This free-to-attend public conference will demonstrate the outcomes from FISH INTEL and celebrate the collaborations made through this international, multidisciplinary project.
The conference will provide two-way English/French interpretation to make it available to a wider audience across the project's location.
- The morning (09:00–12:15) will consist of presentations from project researchers and guest speakers (in person and online).
- This will be followed by an afternoon (13:00–16:00) of workshops (in person only) based on fish tracking and fisheries management plans.
- There will also be an evening "Pint of Science" networking event from 18:00 onwards (in person only).