SIFIDS final reports now published

A three-year project lead by members of MASTS involving industry, academia and government aimed at improving fisheries management has published its conclusions.

The partnership approach to the project helped ensure that industry led solutions to inshore fisheries data collection and management were workable and could meet the requirements of government and the fishing industry. Significant world-first  prototypes, including a crab and lobster scanner capable of determining the sex and size of live animals at-sea, and a phone App to provide a daily record of landings and catch were just some of the key features to come out of the project.

The SIFIDS ‘Integrated Data System’ Model

The combined results of all the SIFIDS work strands enabled the team to identify these significant areas where an integrated model could offer a low-maintenance system of data collection and reporting.

  1. Install simple GPS tracking systems on under-12 metre inshore fishing vessels to provide better information on fishing location and effort, in conjunction with the current statutory records of landings and gear deployed.
  2. Use gear-sensors to demonstrate when and where gear is being deployed or recovered, for example on some vessels using specific gear types, and/or operating in a sensitive area.
  3. Establish a small ‘reference fleet’ to collect data that could assist stock assessments.
  4. Develop low-cost, non-invasive methods to identify scallop grounds, that could be deployed from an inshore fishing vessel.
  5. Create a secure database to allow different user groups to access data in different ways e.g. fishers would see only their own data, MS Compliance could see data required for statutory purposes.

Final reports have been uploaded to the SIFIDS webpage here under each work package