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Valuable data on fish stocks

PUBLISHED: 09:50 03 December 2008 | UPDATED: 21:55 05 July 2010

A research programme is providing valuable data about fish stocks in the North Sea after nearly six months of work by scientists in Lowestoft.

The Cefas laboratories, which are based in the town, have been carrying out an environmentally responsible fishing programme with Defra to find out about fish stocks off the east coast of England.

A research programme is providing valuable data about fish stocks in the North Sea after nearly six months of work by scientists in Lowestoft.

The Cefas laboratories, which are based in the town, have been carrying out an environmentally responsible fishing programme with Defra to find out about fish stocks off the east coast of England.

The scheme was launched in August this year and involves 30 English fishing boats - 10 from Lowestoft - which are being allowed to land everything they catch on their allocated days above their quotas so that scientists can find out more about the numbers and types of fish living in the sea.

Cefas scientist Jon Elson said that a full analysis of findings from the first six months of the scheme will be compiled early next year and the research will continue until mid-August.

He said: “Once the programme finishes we will still have to collect, collate and analyse all the data. It will all help Defra with their management responsibility for our fishing fleets.

“The research will be interesting because with the way things have been gone recently, especially with regards to tight fishing quotas, people are really starting to take notice of what is going on around here.”

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