UK vessel owners and skippers called to help with fleet survey
Researchers will be starting on the Scottish and Northern Irish coasts and progressing down to England and Wales where they will collect data on fishing and vessel costs in order to build an up-to-date picture of the UK fleet’s economic performance.
The results, to be published in 2017, are intended to help industry and policy makers better understand the socio-economic consequences of changes in fisheries management measures and the wider financial climate.
Following the historic Brexit vote and the first year of the landing obligation for some key species, this is an especially crucial time to gather data on the economic performance of the UK fishing fleet.
All vessel owners can benefit directly from participation by requesting a free financial performance benchmark report which allows comparisons with the average performance of other similar vessels.
Steve Lawrence, economics project manager, said, “Thanks to the participation of several hundred vessel owners, the Economics Team at Seafish has been able to accurately represent the economic performance of the UK fishing fleet for a number of years.”
But he said that this can only continue with the support of the UK fishing industry and is encouraging skippers and boat owners from across the country to speak to researchers and complete the survey so that the most accurate picture possible can be presented. ■