Funding programme and call:
Programa PLEAMAR 2017- Fundación Biodiversidad.
Budget for PLOCAN:
Funding for PLOCAN:
Cabildo de Gran Canaria, Cooperativa de pescadores de San Cristóbal, Cooperativa de pescadores de Melenara, Dirección General de Pesca del Gobierno de Canarias.
Monitorización en el banco de ensayos de las Especies Descartadas por la Pesca con Enmalle y Nasa en Gran Canaria
The main objective of this project is to acquire new technical and scientific know-how about artisanal fishing with traps and gillnets to reduce their negative impacts on the environment. Nothing has been published to date concerning the survival rates of specimens of the different target species freed (because they are below the minimum catch or commercial size) or side catch caught with both fishing techniques, one using traps, and the other using gillnets.
This know-how will allow us to propose improvements in the use of these traditional techniques to the competent authorities, both regarding their construction and how they are used, as the survival of the non-commercial specimens often depends on how long the gear is set for, or how fast they are turned around.
Consequently, material will be published with recommended Best Practises for using this gear. The field activities are concentrated on the PLOCAN test bed, where the Fishing Co-operatives of Melenara and San Cristóbal usually fish with traps. PLOCAN can moor nursery cages in this area for the side-catch and monitor their behaviour using underwater robotic technologies (ROV). The surveillance provided for the test area is a guarantee that there will be no illegal fishing in the area that could spoil the results. The trial will also allow us to identify the needs and challenges to be tackled in planning and defining the co-existence of activities that could interact with artisanal fishing.
All the results will be compiled in a document that will make recommendations to the competent administrations for planning the professional fishing sector and introducing improvements in the regulations of both fishing techniques. Furthermore, these same results will be presented to the fishermen of both co-operatives working on the project and to all other fishermen of the island to raise their awareness about the importance of best practices with a view to reducing the number of non-marketable specimens that have to be thrown back. An assessment of the operations conducted on the test bed will also be made to identify the co-existence options between R+D+i activities and traditional fishing in the reserve area, which will be shared with the co-operatives working with us to define activities on the test bed and uses of the space. The ICT supports envisaged in the dissemination activities will be used as a knowledge-transfer platform, along with events scheduled to disseminate the results.
The project is carried out with the collaboration of the Biodiversity Foundation, the Ministry for the Ecological Transition, through the Pleamar Program, co-financed by the FEMP (European Maritime and Fisheries Fund).