the Marine Management Organisation, CEFAS and the Association of IFCAs. The steering group is chaired by Michel Kaiser, Professor of Fisheries Conservation at Heriot Watt University, and facilitated by Seafish, the public body that supports the £10bn UK seafood industry.
Commenting on the appointments Professor Kaiser said:
“This project has been led by the industry from the start and relies on the involvement, expertise and experience of active fishermen. We had excellent representation from fishermen at the Future of Our Inshore Fisheries conference last year and we are delighted that Alasdair, Ned, Aubrey, Joel, Brackan and Len have stepped into a leadership role to help to shape this next critical phase.”
Set-up in January 2019, the Future of Our Inshore Fisheries project aims to establish a blueprint for a collaborative management approach which will ensure that both inshore fisheries and coastal communities are sustainable and thriving into the future.
Almost sixty active fishermen attended the Future of Our Inshore Fisheries conference in October 2019 – thanks in part to bursaries provided by companies and organisations from throughout the seafood supply chain – to disc
uss relevant issues with policy makers, regulators, industry leaders, researchers and the environmental community.
On the agenda for discussion at the first steering group of 2020 was the draft report which captures the views expressed at the conference and the common themes as well as determining an action plan of next steps. The steering group will provide an update in the near future. For more information on the project visit https://www.seafish.org/article/future-of-our-inshore-fisheries-conference