EU-FP6 Funded Marine Project Reports


NEphrops and CEtacean Species Selection
Information and TechnologY

Status: Completed (May 2007)
Coordinator:  Netherlands Institute for Fisheries Research - RIVO (now IMARES)

​​​​​​NECESSITY developed ways of modifying trawls to enable by-catch species to escape from the trawl unharmed. 

The project:

  • Studied the behavioural characteristics that make small cetaceans (i.e. porpoises and dolphins), and certain fish species or age groups vulnerable to capture in trawl fisheries
  • Developed alternative fishing strategies, or fishing gear modifications, to reduce the by-catch in trawl fisheries
  • Considered the biological and socio-economic ramifications of modifying the fishing gear and practices
  • Transferred the information gathered to other fisheries subject to similar concerns​​​​

​IMARES was established in 2006, as a result of the merger of​​ RIVO (the Netherlands Institute for Fisheries Research), elements of Alterra and the Department of Ecological Risks within the TNO (Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research).​​

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