Fisheries Science Partnership
The Fisheries Science Partnership (FSP) is a government-funded
initiative which began in 2003. Its aim is to encourage fishermen
and scientists to work in partnership.
Due to the national and international success of the programme,
money has been pledged until at least 31 March 2015 to continue
developing this close relationship.
The main aims of the FSP are to:
- provide information from commercial fishing catches on key
stocks to supplement data sources traditionally used
in assessments for the International Council of the
Exploration of the Sea (ICES)
- address fishermen's own concerns about scientific
assessments, or stocks not currently assessed
- investigate innovative scientific methods and/or more
selective/environmentally friendly fishing methods
- support the work of Regional Advisory Councils.
Eligible projects must meet one of these objectives, plus be
practical and able to deliver a real solution.
Seeking project ideas for 2014/15
Pursuing a variety of collaborative approaches, including the
Fisheries Science Partnership, Defra is committed to working with
the fishing industry, stakeholders and scientists for the
sustainable management of UK fisheries. We are inviting FSP
proposals for the next financial year 2014/15. Project ideas should
be practical, able to deliver a real benefit, come from fishermen,
and meet at least one of the FSP objectives.
The FSP panel will be particularly interested to see proposals
that will facilitate the implementation of CFP reform. Examples
- Innovative solutions to implementation changes
- Mixed-fishery and regional approaches
- Discard reduction
- Selectivity (including new gear)
- Discard survivability studies
Turning a proposal idea into a scientifically deliverable
project is not always easy, so proposers may wish to contact our
FSP Contracts Office who can refer applicants to a Cefas scientist
for advice related to a particular idea.
A form (in Word
format, 64KB) to help proposers construct a suitable project by
prompting the essential required details is available for
Please note: Submission of a project is not a guarantee that the
idea will be funded. Further, all project ideas deemed suitable are
then commissioned through a competitive process.
Ideas for proposals for projects must be submitted to the FSP
Contracts Office by Friday 24th January 2014.
Once a project idea form is received at Cefas a check will be
done to see if all the details have been provided, (locality, time
of work, vessel size and type, gear etc.) after which the proposer
may be contacted for further details. Those project ideas which are
confirmed as suitable will then be subject to a competitive tender
process with the projects Invitation to Tender being published on
this website. Invitation to Tender documents will be available for
downloading from this website along with copies of draft contract
and terms and conditions, they can also be obtained from the
address below. Please note that there are strict deadlines for
Details about tender invitations, contracts and terms and
conditions, as well as general information about
turning project ideas into viable projects, can be
FSP Contract Office
Lowestoft, Suffolk NR33 0HT UK
Tel: +44 (0)1502 527706