Derelict fishing gear is a significant and growing conservation problem. In Scotland, this problem is especially acute for the various creel fisheries, which target langoustine, crabs, lobsters and other crustaceans. Large sea mammals such as whales can get trapped in derelict fishing gear causing injury or even death. The team at the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) is working towards reducing entanglements by surveying derelict/lost creel fleets using active acoustic side-scan sonar. This additional grant will be used to acquire a Doppler velocity, which will be used in conjunction with an ROV to locate and inspect suspected derelict creel fleets. This will improve understanding of derelict creels’ distribution and behaviour and thus assess the wider ongoing environmental impacts.
SAMS was awarded £8,226 for this work. This grant round was made possible with funds from the Nature Restoration Fund (NRF). For more information about how to contribute to SMEEF contact email@example.com