In July 2013 the RV Princess Royal was home to a group of UK underwater sound specialists, called the Bio-Acoustic Research Consortium (BARC). This new project is led by Dr Per Berggren from Newcastle University’s School of Marine Science and Technology and it brings together a range of noise specialists, ecologists and industry professionals with a common aim: to better understand the impact of underwater noise on marine ecosystems.
A hot topic at the minute in UK fisheries is the allocation of cod quota amongst the under 10m fishing fleet; despite compromising the majority of the UK’s <10m fleet is allocated only 3% of the annual cod quota from the EU.
With an accelerating race for marine space by energy companies, aggregates, conservationists, and fishermen etc, etc (the list is pretty long and increasing); a key question for me is how we manage all of this human activity to ensure that it is sustainable? From a fisheries perspective how do we ensure an industry that is environmentally responsible, socially fair, and economically efficient?