In the new EU MAP it is mandatory to monitor protected and rare species. However, the current Wageningen Marine Research sampling programme for protected species needs improvement. The aim of this study is to improve and innovate recording, data handling and storage systems of bycatch of protected and rare species. This includes the removal of the current taboo on the registration of protected species bycatch and to work towards a more open, transparent attitude in crews of fishery vessels and in on-board observers.
This project includes the writing of articles in Visserijnieuws to stimulate fishermen, to interest them in the topic and to inform them on the proceedings. Crews of some vessels will be contacted to develop methods to collect useful information on incidental bycatch on board reference vessels. Internal at Wageningen Marine Research, observers will be guided to integrate the monitoring of incidental bycatch in EU MAP sampling.