People & Skills:
The people owning and operating fishing boats in our waters are asked to abide by—and contribute to—complex systems of assessment and management, but a lack of investment in fisheries education has left many without the tools they need to navigate modern fisheries science and management systems. Fishermen, scientists and policy-makers need a common understanding of the issues facing UK fisheries at this time of change and opportunity – with an emphasis on fishing industry people as stewards of the sea.
Data as an Asset
The demand for data is going up; resources to undertake suitable research and monitoring are going down. Fisheries management relies on adequate data on fish stocks, habitats, workers and fishing fleets to avoid relying on overly-precautionary or unduly risky approaches to stock management. Fisheries management is improved when ‘data supply chains’ are complete, and have the capacity to deliver sufficient research and assessment of our fisheries to meet the demands of regulators, the supply chain and consumers.
Engagement & Insight
Fishing is a complex, unique industry with a workforce that operates individually, but that delivers collective benefits to society. Engaging with—and gaining insight from—consumers, the general public, the industry at large and its supply chain will help support long-term viability and prosperity across sectors. As an island nation, our heritage, culture and history are intimately connected to the fluctuating fortunes of our fisheries. Reconnecting with this heritage, demonstrating the value of fisheries and establishing new markets for UK-caught seafood will help to underpin the long-term sustainability, prosperity and viability of the UK fishing industry.