Porcupine 2021 is the twenty-first campaign carried out in the area, born by proposal of Spain due of the entry into service of the oceanographic vessel Vizconde de Eza, In response to the communication of the “International Bottom Trawl Survey Working Group” of lack of data in the area. The continuation of this type of research is essential in the field of the European Union in terms of fisheries and environmental management. With its development, the commitments acquired in the framework of the European “Data Collection Framework” and the National Basic Data Program are fulfilled.
The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food says that it maintains its commitment to better knowledge of the sea and its resources to guarantee their protection and sustainable management. For this reason, through the General Secretariat for Fisheries, it continues to invest efforts in developing research campaigns on board its oceanographic vessels, which will undoubtedly lead to an improvement in knowledge and therefore to a sustainable management of our resources. seas.
The collaboration with the Spanish Institute of Oceanography facilitates the access and use of the vessels of the General Secretariat of Fisheries to the research staff, making the best equipment available to the scientists for the purposes of the campaign, and the optimization of the available resources
Research vessels of the fleet of the General Secretariat of Fisheries
The fleet of oceanographic vessels of the General Secretariat for Fisheries is a firm commitment of the Government of Spain, through the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, with the sustainable management of fisheries resources. The vessels Emma Bardán, Miguel Oliver and Vizconde de Eza carry out more than 500 research days each year in both national and international campaigns, embarking teams of scientists who evaluate the state of the fisheries with the objective of maximum sustainable yield.
The Viscount of Eza, chosen to carry out this campaign, is one of the most sophisticated fisheries and oceanographic research vessels in the world. Measuring 53 meters long and 13 meters wide, its dynamic positioning system allows it to stay in the same point without changing its position, compensating for adverse conditions of waves, currents or wind.
The ship is a large floating research centre, as it has specialized laboratories (biology, physics, acoustics, wet and computer science) equipped with advanced scientific instrumentation. Its hull, reinforced in the bow, allows it to work between floating ice. In addition, it can perform fundus surveys up to 5,000 meters deep.