Research on improving the selectivity of towed fishing gears to both length and species composition in anticipation of forthcoming changes to EU fishing regulations. ILVO's available ship time on the Belgian research vessels will be used mainly for that purpose (mainly through TECHVIS, a project funded by IWT, SDVO and the fisheries sector).
Other topics that will be addressed are: the relationship between discarding and seabird populations and the collection of biological data for commercial species in the context of NDGP (EU Data Collection Regulation).
Fish samples will be obtained with an 8m beam trawl.
Bart Verschueren (Institute for Agricultural and Fisheries Research, Ostend)