In May 2016, the World Animal Protection appointed fisheries consultants Poseidon Aquatic Resource Management Ltd (Poseidon) of the UK to undertake a series of work packages. The objective was to support the GGGI’ s ‘Define best practices and inform policies’ working group in developing best practice guidance on the management of fishing gear.
The first output was a brief scoping study to provide:
I. a working quantification of the main fishing gears used on a global basis
II. a brief summary of the main characteristics of these gears regarding user type, geographical usage and contribution to ALDFG.
This first part of the work was submitted to World Animal Protection on 16 May 2016.
The second output was the identification of management options and mechanisms for responsible fishing gear use. It was also to include recommendations on how this could be developed into a best practice framework for managing fishing gear.
This second activity examined two main elements. First, it looked at the current management options for fishing gear. This included the use of tags and other identification of fishing gear, gear marking, gear storage to and from fishing grounds and gear retrieval in case of loss or temporary abandonment. It then examined how these are implemented – for example through legislation, codes of conduct or inclusion in third party and other certification schemes. This part of the study was the basis for the framework (see next) and has been issued as a standalone document, entitled ‘Part 1: Overview and Current Status’.
The purpose of this third and final output of the study was to develop a ‘best practice’ framework for the management of fishing gear. Its scope is defined in Part 1 of document, is global in nature, and covers a wide range of fishing gears and users.
As a framework, it focuses on the most commonly used gear types, both in industrial and artisanal fisheries. The framework is relevant to a broad spectrum of stakeholders. These include gear manufacturers, fishers, port authorities, fisheries management authorities, seafood companies and other interested parties.
This framework will be adopted by the GGGI, developed further and targeted at specific stakeholders.