An economic survey of the UK fishing fleet is set to begin in North Shields.
Officials at Seafish say the 11th annual survey of the fleet will start in the north east from Monday, August 3.
Over the summer, researchers will visit ports to speak to vessel owners and skippers from all sectors of the industry to collect data on fishing and vessel costs.
The results, to be published in 2016, will help industry and policy makers understand the socio-economic consequences of ongoing changes to fisheries management measures in addition to the financial climate.
Tom Pickerell, technical director of Seafish, said: “In 2014 almost 600 fishermen were interviewed so this year we are aiming to exceed that level. As always, the more vessel owners that take part, the more robust the results will be.”
“Without the valuable participation of vessel owners, our economics team would not be able to accurately represent the economic performance and map the pressures being experienced by the UK fishing fleet.”
“This is a hugely important exercise that enables us to better understand the industry as a whole and as a result helps us to inform key decision makers at a national and European level.
“We therefore urge skippers and boat owners across the UK to be part of the project by speaking to our researchers so that we can present the most accurate picture possible and help drive better informed policy.”
Barrie Deas, chief executive of the National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations (NFFO), added: “To put forward as strong a case as possible to government, at both a national and European level, we must ensure the data presented is as robust as possible.
“That is why we at the NFFO consider this survey and vessel owners’ participation to be so important.”
Fishermen and vessel owners should look out for Seafish’s team of four researchers who will conduct the survey. For more information visit the Seafish website www.seafish.org