A scientific study to improve trawl gear selectivity

This operation includes a desktop study, marine surveys and analysis of data so as to improve the gear selectivity of the 40mm square mesh size currently in use by the Maltese otter board trawling fleet so as to reduce discards of Merluccius merluccius (European hake) and Parapenaeus longirostris (Deep-water rose shrimp). Two methods to improve the gear selectivity for each of these two species will be tested. The majority of the project will be sub-contracted through a tendering procedure. This project is in line with Council Regulation (EC) No 508/2014 and as outlined in the Operational Programme for Malta – March 2015.

Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture – Ministry for the Environment, Sustainable Development and Climate Change