Sustainability

Orkney Sustainable Fisheries Ltd
This is a not for profit organisation that was established in 2006 to run the local lobster hatchery and to take forward various initiatives relating to the future of our inshore fisheries. The current Chairman is Stewart Crichton, General Manager of Orkney Fishermen's Society. In September 2009 Orkney became the first area in the UK to appoint a dedicated Shellfish Sustainability Officer.

Local shellfish research has continued to grow and OSF now employs 2 dedicated shellfish researchers, Kate Rydzowski and Matt Coleman.  Their ongoing work is supported on a scientific level by Dr Mike Bell of Heriot-Watt University’s Orkney Campus.  The team are currently in the 3rd year of a 4 year Fishery improvement Project supported by M&S, Orkney Islands Council and the local fishery.  This project aims to have the fishery meeting MSC criteria by the end of 2016.

Alongside this major piece of work there are a number of further research project being currently run:

The research team will be boosted from June-Nov 2015 with the addition of 2 full-time seasonal assistants. 

Jack Emmerson has a masters degree in Marine Environmental Management and has carried our research work with the Cardigan Bay Fishermen’s Association and on the Isla of Man scallop fishery, Marc Uya has a degree in Biology with Biodiversity from Barcelona University and a masters in Marine Biology from the University of Bangor in North Wales.

Orkney Fishermen’s Society takes the view that the marine environment is going to come under increased pressure from other potential users including marine energy, aquaculture and marine protected areas – and that all these may have an impact on the traditional inshore fisheries of the area.

By having industry driven local science we are better placed to make management decisions, decisions which could help secure the vital future of our industry.

 

 

 

 

Orkney Fisherman's Society

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