Since 2003, when the FSP programme was first funded, over 75 industry-inspired projects have been carried out. Reports of these projects can be found in the Publications section of this site.
Ideas for proposals are now invited from fishermen for projects to be undertaken in the 2011/12 financial year, subject to funding being available. The continuation of the FSP programme is dependant upon the outcome of the Government's Comprehensive Spending Review, so proposals are prepared at the proposer's risk. At this stage, there is no guarantee of funding after March 2011.
Potential applicants should be aware that the objectives of the FSP are to:
- provide information from commercial fishing catches on key stocks to supplement data sources traditionally used in ICES assessments;
- investigate concerns raised by fishermen on scientific assessments or on stocks not currently assessed;
- investigate innovative scientific methods and/or more selective/environmentally friendly fishing methods;
- support the work of Regional Advisory Councils. Thus, to be eligible, projects must meet one of these objectives, plus be practical and able to deliver a real solution.
Turning an idea into a scientifically deliverable project is not always easy, so proposers may wish to ask their local Marine Management Organisation office for help. Alternatively, the Cefas FSP Contract Office can refer applicants to a scientist who can provide advice.