Though the emphasis of SMARTFISH H2020 is to develop, test and promote a suite of high-tech systems for the EU fishing sector, a linked goal is also to reduce the ecological impact of the industry. One way of doing this is to focus on how we can provide new data for stock assessment from commercial fishing and improve the quality and quantity of data that comes from traditional assessment surveys. The importance of this lies in how it provides more accurate assessment of currently assessed stocks and allow the assessment of data-poor stocks as well as permitting the automatic collection of catch data to ensure compliance with fisheries management regulations.

Technology development for sustainability in the fishing sector

In doing this,  SMARTFISH H2020 aids in providing solutions to challenges that are also being discussed at a global level.

June 10th-14th 2019, the UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea (ICP-20) held its 20th meeting, where the participants considered the theme, “Ocean Science and the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development.”

During the week-long meeting, delegates covered topics that will feed relevant information to the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (IOC-UNESCO), which is coordinating design of the UN Decade.

One of the key points in the summary surrounded the role of ocean science in supporting a blue growth/blue economy, and part of the discussions centered on the necessity of developing technology, and improving data availability and operability – in line with the objectives of SMARTFISH H2020.

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