The Danish Fisheries Authority has selected fifteen fishing vessels from the country’s fleet which will be installed with remote electronic monitoring (REM) cameras.
In December 2019, it was decided to introduce remote electronic monitoring (REM) on the majority of boats fishing for nephrops in the Kattegat; the area of sea between Denmark and Sweden.
The Danish Fisheries Authority has now selected the first 15 vessels which will have the camera equipment installed by the end of 2020. One vessel has signed up for the project, while the other 14 vessels have been selected on the basis of the vessel’s length and the criteria for fishing activity in the Kattegat in the period 2017 – 2019.
The project will comprise a total of approximately 100 vessels when fully implemented in 2022. Today, the 15 vessel owners have been informed that they have been selected and the list of vessels has also been sent to the Commission. The 15 vessels will be contacted later this year by the Danish Board of Fisheries to have an individual vessel plan that sets out the details of the project, eg. the number of cameras to be installed on board the vessel. The cost of procuring and installing camera equipment is borne by the Danish Board of Fisheries.
The 15 vessels will be able to continue fishing in the Kattegat in accordance with the applicable technical rules, while the other vessels in the Kattegat with bottom-trapping gear will be required to fish with special selective gear from 31 May 2020.
The purpose of the project on remote electronic monitoring is to be able to document the nephrops fishing in the Kattegat, including by-catch of cod and compliance with the landing obligation.
The project is being rolled out in several phases over the period 2020 – 2022. 14 of the 15 vessels that will have camera equipment installed in 2020 are selected representative in the length categories 12-15 meters and over 15 meters among vessels that have had at least 100 sea days in Kattegat on average per year. year in the period 2017 – 2019.
At the end of January this year, over 300 Danish fishermen protested in Aalborg over the introduction of REM on board fishing vessel claiming that the addition of surveillance cameras was a step too far.
Source: Danish Fisheries Authority