Due to the restrictions of the funding cycle, there has been an inevitable intervening period between the two projects. However, such has been the desire to maintain momentum that a number of contributors have pressed ahead with collaborative work prior to the resumption of GAP2. Two or three other independent proposals have also emerged as a direct result of the project. The feedback and the attendance at workshops has been very encouraging, drawing an impressive 50:50 balance of researchers to fishing industry stakeholders. Mackinson is understandably pleased with the response to the next phase of the work:
“The most significant indicator is that every single partnership from GAP1 has come over to GAP2. They must feel there is value in continuing”.
Moreover, the presence of several PhDs working on GAP2, and conference travel grants for students, demonstrate the project’s commitment to developing young researchers.