This project, running from January to August 2001 collected data on by-catches and discards in pelagic trawling fisheries in Scotland and offshore trawling fisheries in Galicia. Of particular interest was the incidence of by-catches of cetaceans - of which none were observed during sampled trips in Scotland. The by-catch illustrated (left) is a shark. The project organizers and observers would like to thank the various fishermen who have taken observers on-board for their assistance with data collection.
All fishery and sightings data collected in Galicia has been entered into a GIS and on-line maps as well as further information on project work in Galicia can be found here.
Left: Greenland shark and observer on board a Scottish pelagic vessel
Right: Map showing data on fishing locations collected by observers in Galicia.
For further information contact Graham Pierce or Begoņa Santos.