“Scientists and fishers developed a method for recording rare or alien/invasive species much earlier than could be achieved through conventional annual scientific surveys, which will be valuable to monitoring Good Environmental Status”
Four meetings with fishery stakeholders were held, 2 at Neuharlingersiel Harbour and the fisheries cooperative with M. Göcken and U. Abken, another with meeting with D. dell Missier was held at Hallig Hooge, and one with R. Hinners was held in Cuxhaven.
A simple protocol for collecting data at sea, that takes in to account the concerns expressed by the fishers about the additional time requirements, was jointly defined. Scientists and fishers also worked together to develop a method that will record rare or alien/invasive species much earlier than could be achieved through conventional annual scientific surveys, and thus be valuable to monitoring Good Environmental Status as defined in the Marine Strategy Framework and Habitat Directive. Each fishery stakeholder has since been equipped with materials and protocols to document the species, the catch and the sea conditions of the trawls (temperature, salinity and depth).
Research has begun on how the infection of Wadden Sea shrimp by black spot disease has changed since the 1990s and this work will be built upon in future activities.