Our aim is for local fishermen and scientists to work together to jointly manage a sustainable brown shrimp fishery in the Wadden Sea.
Our progress so far…
Brown shrimp is an important species for the local fishermen, but bycatch is making fishers’ livelihoods difficult. Bycatch covers a range of species from juvenile plaice, herring and sprat, to rare and migrant species important to the Marine Strategy Framework Directive, e.g. salmon and lampreys.
But monitoring bycatch and working out how to avoid it will make the fishery more viable, both environmentally and economically.
So fishermen are collaborating with scientists to collect data about both their target species, brown shrimp, as well as by-catch species.This data will be used to:
- investigate disease within the brown shrimp population
- create a species inventory for the area, and
- provide an open-access database for local fishermen.
Our progress so far in working together to collect this important data is outlined below:
|24 Months On: Progress Update from German Case Study|
24 Months on, an update on the progress of the German case study investigating the climate change effect on shrimp fisheries.
|18 Months On: Progress Update from German case study|
An update on the German case study exploring joint management of a brown shrimp fishery, 18 months into the GAP2 project.
|One Year On: Progress Update on German Case Study|
An update on the German case study exploring how to jointly manage a sustainable brown shrimp fishery in the Wadden Sea, on year into the GAP2 project.
|Summer and Autumn events|
GAP2 participants attend events throughout summer and autumn 2011 to advance case study.
|Scientists and fishers jointly develop new method|
Scientists and fishers jointly develop a method for more quickly recording rare or invasive species.
|Fishers supplying scientists with shrimp|
Fishers will supply scientists with shrimp samples for black spot disease monitoring.
Over the next few months, we’re hoping to recruit some more fishermen into the project. We currently have two fishermen “signed up”, but if we want to cover the whole of the Wadden Sea, we will need to involve at least 6 vessels.
Lead Researcher on case study
- Kai is a biologist at the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research.
- His research interests include brown shrimp fisheries, the impact of fisheries, the ecology and distribution of North Sea fishes and the effects of climate change on the marine fauna of the Wadden Sea.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fishermen involved in GAP2
- Uwe is captain and owner of the shrimp vessel POLARIS.
- He has been fishing for the past 15 years, since the age of 35.
- He is a member of both the “Landesfischereiverband Weser-Ems” and the producer organisation, German Shrimp Fishers Ltd. (Erzeugergemeinschaft der Deutschen Krabbenfischer GmbH).
Fishermen involved in GAP2
- Daniel is 33 years old, a fisherman and captain.
- Daniel has been fishing since 16 years old.
- He too is a member of the “Landesfischereiverband Weser-Ems” and the producer organisation GmbH).
- Cooperative of Neuharlingersiel and Association of small deep-sea and inshore fisheries within the national fishery association Weser-Ems e. V, Lower-Saxony
- North Sea Regional Advisory Council
This ergoTOP project aims to improve energy efficiency in coastal fisheries, where fishermen currently pay up to 25% of their turnover for fuel. A short film about the project can be viewed below or by visiting http://vimeo.com/37162813.
Information to help fishermen identify Salmon (in German)
Information to help fishermen identify Shad (in German)
Shrimp Fishery in the Wadden Sea Case Study Overview