Good science is the foundation for successful fisheries management. The CFPO is always looking to collaborate and work with credible science partners to help improve our collective knowledge of single and multi-species fish stock assessments & distributions, the wider marine environment and sustainable harvest strategies.
The CFPO has and will continue to work with organisations such as the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas). This collaborative working relationship helps to strengthen and increase research and data collection capacity. Ultimately both fishermen and scientists have a lot to gain from working together and the CFPO has been at the forefront of driving that relationship.
A good example of this is the Fisheries Science Partnership (FSP). Established in 2003/2004 by the NFFO, Cefas and Defra, the FSP has helped to improve the working relationship between fishermen and scientists.
The CFPO was a pioneer of the FSP and has played an active role within this important partnership to open channels of communication between scientists and the industry, and together we have contributed to many successful projects that help to inform good fisheries management. Some of these projects can be seen below: