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Scottish Fisheries Report and Accounts Published

SCOTLAND, UK - Fisheries Research Services (FRS) has recently published their Report and Accounts, documenting their stewardship of living aquatic resources during 2007-2008.

A notable achievement was that 8 of the 11 completed research projects were rated ‘World Leading’ or ‘Internationally Excellent’ by an independent review panel.

FRS also made important contributions to the development and implementation of the ‘Conservation Credit’ system that encourages the fishing industry to adopt conservation methods in return for greater fishing opportunities. The Agency set up the Scottish Industry Science Partnership (SISP) that supports collaborative research with the fishing industry. In 2007, two pilot projects and five full projects began, with further work being planned for future years.

Further work includes scientists developed contingency plans to keep Scotland free from the potentially devastating parasite Gyrodactylus salaris, along with providing continuing advice to aid the future protection of Scotland’s aquaculture industry from disease.

The Report and Accounts include a poster that presents FRS’ research on salmon, and illustrates the various threats, both human and natural that salmon face. Work of this kind is an example of the importance of sound science in ensuring the sustainable use of our natural resources.