Pulse fishing is an important innovation in the Dutch seabed fisheries. The key question is how fisherman can show convincingly that they have a sustainable pulse fishery.
Examples are the Danish CCTV (Closed Circuit TV) system, self-sampling methods, monitoring of technical developments in fishing gear and through interviews with Dutch skippers. In addition, this project demonstrates that pulse fishing is a sustainable alternative and economically meaningful innovation for traditional flatfish fishery.
Currently, this fishery is experimentally allowed by the European Commission. The Dutch government aims to recognize the pulse fishing as a generally allowable fishing. IMARES investigates a number of technical aspects of pulse fishing. The LEI examines with a feasibility study the socio-economic and financial developments and opportunities with respect to pulse fishing.
Main result of the project is a feasibility assessment of systems of self-monitoring in the pulse fishery and insight into the economic prospects of the fishing method. At the end of 2011 a first design of a monitoring program is provided for pulse fishing.
Deskstudies underpinning the Dutch vision on the reform of the Common Fisheries PolicyIJmuiden : IMARES (Report / Wageningen IMARES C077/09) - p.
The effect of pulse stimulation on marine biota - Research in relation to ICES advice - Progress report on the effects on benthic invertebratesIJmuiden : IMARES (Report / IMARES Wageningen UR C103/09) - p.