Interface Programme


Programme Objectives:

That UK fishermen capture, collate and submit high-quality and consistent fisheries data that significantly improves the management of their fisheries

What are the issues?

Resources for data collection are going down; demand for better evidence is going up; fishermen work on ‘research platforms’ every time they put to sea. A solution seems obvious and harnessing this capacity is essential, but it will require fishermen, scientists, managers and policy-makers to collaborate. This represents a challenge for all concerned, but only by working together can this situation be improved – and the implications for getting this right are huge.

Our Fishermen-Science Interface Programme (FSIP) is a first step along this journey for us. We will be working to create a space where the issue of fishermen-science interactions can be properly addressed, where collaborative efforts can come to the fore and where current good-practice can be shared. We will leverage our status to establish the protocols, partnerships and frameworks needed to ensure that fishermen collect the right data, at the right time, and in the right way; and that this data is then used to improve the management of their fishery.

Our Fishermen-Science Interface Programme began in December 2015. It is entirely funded by Seafish through their Strategic Investment Fund – a programme established to fund work through third parties that tie in closely with the Seafish Corporate Plan. A new round of funding from this programme is likely to commence in 2018, and will be tied into the new Corporate Plan when this comes on stream. The programme is a collaboration between Fishing into the Future, the Centre for Environmental, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) and the Scottish Pelagic Fishermen’s Association (SPFA).

It contains three separate but inter-linked work packages within this project, each with its own clear and distinct deliverable products. These are:

  1. Strategic Development of Fishing into the Future: resulting in our current Business Plan and our Fisheries Resource Education Programme

  2. Development of Guidelines for Industry Science Data Collection

  3. Co-designing surveys for the Channel Scallop fleet

Click on the links above to find out more about each specific thread within this project. You can also DOWNLOAD THE GUIDELINES FOR INDUSTRY SCIENCE DATA COLLECTION here.


This project will soon continue alongside a new programme called FISHING 4 DATA. This builds on the work of the Celtic Seas Partnership to establish a UK-wide strategy for industry data collection. We will be doing this in partnership with key organisations across the UK.

Industry data will fill gaps in evidence and improve fisheries management