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2 Improving Selectivity running for a long time now and ongoing A Dutch Flatfish Fisheries Point of View European Parliament Committee on Fisheries 13 April 2015 Pim Visser, chief executive VisNed blad 1

3 About VisNed National Association of Producer Organisations in Dutch Demersal Fisheries VisNed s mission Stable Conditions Sustainable Operations Predictable Returns bald 2

4 VisNed s focus: Fishery Policy All CFP related issues Spatial Planning Sustainability, Market Issues + Certification Social and Technical Issues and Innovation Innovations improving sustainability bald 3

5 Small scale brown shrimp fisheries assessment in progress bald 4

6 Twin rigged otter trawl bald 5

7 Scottish seine net or fly shoot bald 6

8 Traditional beamtrawl with tickler chains phasing out bald 7

9 Less impact beam trawl with pulse gear phasing in assessment in progress bald 8

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11 Beamtrawl fleet development since Nr of vessels Engine power kw days > bald 10

12 Target/bycatch species Sole and Plaice bald 11

13 Sole and Plaice : Rizla vs Cardboard

14 The Sole and Plaice dilemma To catch Sole mesh size< 80mm Escape juvenile Plaice cs mesh size > 120 mm

15 Maximum selectivity is the ultimate goal We only want to catch what we can sell Sole is the most valuable fisheries in Europe Sole main economical driver NL beamtrawl fleet Solving the Sole Plaice dilemma the ultimate challenge Sea regime kills initiatives bald 14

16 Transition to pulse fisheries huge contribution Less fuel per kilo fish (-48%) More selective on sole(+14%) Less bycatch plaice (-41%) Less catch of benthos (-30/-50%) bald 15

17 Looking for solutions Research cooperation with science Developing escape panels since early nineties Discards reduced by 20% Pulse fisheries major step forward Projects ( EFF funded) Existing projects prolonged Inclusion of large group of fishers Benelux science cooperation bald 16

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21 ebrp: first results Catch weights VS normal net 240 mm BRP 240 mm ebrp Benthos -80% -80% Trash -50% -50% Sole (all sizes) -40% -15% Undersized Sole -50% -40% Undersized plaice -10% -10% Undersized whiting - -30% Undersized pouting - -70%

22 Electrified Benthos Release Panel (ebrp) ebrp: Suitable to reduce catch of undersized fish for a selection of species Option to increase survival of discards Not suitable to separate different flatfish species Lessons learnt from other ILVO selectivity trials with beam trawls: Separate different flatfish species (e.g. sole & plaice) to improve their selectivity without losing the main target species (sole) has not been achieved

23 Some other forward thinking examples World Wide >Innovation from New Zealand Innovations from Norway> bald 22

24 New plans Continu with the panels and grids Include info from forward thinkers worldwide Start up out of the box program bald 23

25 Major Challenges Keep the spirit up despite relative low progress Keep funding despite relative low progress Landing Obligation may kill the spirit of innovation Landing Obligation must be stimulus no show stopper bald 24

26 Cross border EMFF financing possibilities required

27 Improving Selectivity process in constant need of incentivisation A Dutch Flatfish Fisheries Point of View European Parliament Committee on Fisheries 13 April 2015 Pim Visser, chief executive VisNed bald 26

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