Sustainable Use of Fisheries Resources In Welsh Waters 2012-2015

This project was funded by the European Fisheries Fund and ran from 2012-2015.


Foreword by Jim Evans

The Welsh Fishermen’s Association –Cymdeithas Pysgotwyr Cymru  Ltd (WFA-CPC)  are pleased to be associated with Bangor School of Ocean Sciences and the European Fisheries Fund Project “Sustainable Use of Fisheries Resources in Welsh Waters”. The scientific surveys outlined within the Project work packages are essential to inform the future management of fisheries and the Welsh marine environment. In these uncertain times scientific evidence will be the foundation on which we can collaboratively future proof our industry.

The WFA-CPC fully supports Bangor School of Ocean Sciences  in this project, the aims and objectives including the innovative methods being developed to collect valuable data on a variety of species of importance to Wales. This includes the participation of fishermen in collecting data for stock assessments, with remote methods that capture the data neccessary without impacting on their working day. This work will be a keystone to the successful management of Welsh marine resources, an area which has historically been data deficient in Wales.

Jim Evans


The WFA-CPC would strongly encourage industry participation in this unique opportunity to actively contribute to an extremely valuable data set that will ultimately be owned by industry and added to beyond the project term.

We would like to wish Mike Kaiser and the Bangor School of Ocean Sciences Project Team every success with this challenging undertaking.


The Welsh fishing industry is primarily an inshore fleet with only 10% of fishers working in offshore waters (beyond six nautical miles). Consequently, this inshore fleet is dependent on the sustainability of the local stocks. This is in comparison to nomadic or offshore fleets which can operate extensively around the UK or further afield and are therefore not reliant on local sustainability. It is imperative to the livelihoods of Welsh fishers that the key species providing income to the Welsh fleet are managed sustainably. However, very little information is available on the distribution, abundance and biology of these target species in Welsh waters which makes the sustainable management of these fisheries very difficult.

This project aims to put in place a programme of scientific evidence gathering through collaboration between academics, industry and government funded bodies and policy makers and managers which will inform management decisions to work towards a truly sustainable future for Welsh fisheries.

The project relies on extensive involvement in data gathering by the fishing industry and there has been substantial expression of support from industry with scientists and fishermen working together to ensure the future of the industry.

The project is split into five work streams:

  • Gathering of fishermen’s knowledge through interviews and questionnaires;
  • Habitat mapping;
  • Distribution and abundance of different target species;
  • Connectivity of populations;
  • Management and policy.

As well as working in close connection to the fishing industry this project will collaborate with the Welsh Government, Natural Resources Wales (NRW), CEFAS and scientists at Aberystwyth University.

The project is funded by the European Fisheries Fund (EFF) and the Welsh Government.


Science Updates


Prawn update - Dec 14 (English) (Welsh)
Lobster escape hatch update - Dec 14 (English) (Welsh)
Crab & prawn report - Dec 13
Lobster escape hatch update - Dec 13
Lobster tagging preliminary report - 11 Nov 13
Juvenile crustacean habitat survey report - Dec 13


Welsh waters scallop survey July-August 2013 - Final Draft - Report No. 30 - January 2014
Welsh waters scallop survey June 2012 - Final Draft - Report No. 21 - December 2013
Welsh scallop stock assessment survey July- August 2013 : feedback to industry


European sea bass & ray update - Dec 14 (English) (Welsh)
European sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrax) exploited around Welsh waters - Preliminary results: Dec 13


Whelk report - Dec 14 (English) (Welsh)
Whelk report - Dec 13

Habitat mapping

WP2 Habitat mapping - Dec 13

Welsh fisheries

Economic performance & fleet dynamic of the Welsh fleet - Dec 14 (English) (Welsh)
Fishers' knowledge questionnaire - Dec 14 (English) (Welsh)


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Reports from a variety of previous fisheries projects can be found here

Reports Sustainable Fisheries Wales

Fisheries & Conservation Science reports

For Reports 1-13 please see "Isle of Man > reports"

  1. Assessment of offshore habitats in the Cardigan Bay SAC. Report No. 14 (Part 1) – 2010
    Assessment of offshore habitats in the Cardigan Bay SAC. Report No. 14 (Part 2) – 2010
  2. See "Isle of Man > reports"
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  4. See "Isle of Man > reports"
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  8. Welsh waters scallop survey June 2012 - Final Draft - Report No. 21 - December 2013
  9. See "Isle of Man > reports"
  10. Habitat assessment of the area of the Cardigan Bay SAC proposed for a fishing intensity experiment. Report No. 23 - June 2013
  11. Sustainable Use of Fisheries Resources in Welsh Waters: Interim Report No. 24 - May 2013
  12. See "Isle of Man > reports"
  13. Size distribution of the European sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrax) caught around Welsh waters. Preliminary results of the first sampling months (May-August 2013). Report No. 26 - August 2013
  14. Variations in the abundance and spatial distribution of Palaemon serratus (Decapoda: Palaemonidae) in the littoral Zone of South Wales. MSc thesis. Report No. 27 - September 2013
  15. Taxonomic and functional recovery of epifauna after the permanent closure of an area of the Cardigan Bay Special Area of Conservation (SAC), Wales, to a scallop dredge fishery. MSc thesis. Report No. 28 - September 2013
  16. Investigating the abundance, distribution and habitat use of juvenile Cancer pagurus (L.) of the intertidal zone around Anglesey and Llŷn Peninsula, North Wales (UK). MSc thesis. Report No. 29 - October 2013
  17. Welsh waters scallop survey July-August 2013 - Final Draft - Report No. 30 - January 2014
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  19. See "Isle of Man > reports"
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  25. CBFA report: The Common Prawn (Palaemon serratus) Literature Review. Report No. 38
  26. Cardigan Bay Palaemon serratus fishery report 2013-2014
  27. See "Isle of Man > reports"
  28. Status of scallop populations in Welsh waters - Results of 3 years of research surveys 2012-2014. Report No.41 - January 2015
  29. The Inshore Fisheries of Wales: a study based on fishers' ecological knowledge. Report No. 42 - March 2015
  30. Economic performance and fishing strategies of the Welsh coastal fleet. Report No. 43 - March 2015
  31. Escape Gap Study in Cardigan Bay: consequences of using lobster escape gaps. A Preliminary Report. Report No. 44. - May 2015
  32. See "Other projects > reports"
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  35. Sustainable fisheries in Wales Progress report
  36. Fecundity of Cancer pagurus in Welsh waters, a comparison with published literature
  37. The size at maturity for the common whelk, Buccinum undatum in Welsh waters, with an industry perspective on minimum landing sizes
  38. Size at maturity of the edible crab (Cancer pagurus) in Welsh waters
  39. Socioeconomic and spatial review of recreational sea angling in Wales
  40. CBFA report: The common prawn fishery: a report on the monitoring of Palaemon serratus in Cardigan Bay between 2013 and 2015
  41. CBFA report: Recruitment patterns of the common prawn (Palaemon serratus) in Welsh waters
  42. CBFA report: Evaluating the Cardigan Bay common prawn fishery against MSC principles. A report for the Cardigan Bay Fisherman's Association. (This report contains commercially sensitive information and so is not available online)
  43. Population dynamics of the European sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrax) in Welsh waters and management implications. Report No. 56 - May 2015
  44. The spawning of king scallop, Pecten maximus, in Welsh waters - a preliminary study
  45. See "Isle of Man > reports"
  46. Cardigan Bay Fishing Intensity study - Infauna
  47. Cardigan Bay Fishing Intensity study - Physical
  48. Cardigan Bay Fishing Intensity study - Epifauna
  49. See "Isle of Man > reports"
  50. Implementing parallel-paired lasers in on board camera systems for data collection in crustacean fisheries
  51. See "Isle of Man > reports"
  52. See "Isle of Man > reports"
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  55. See "Other Projects > reports"
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