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Gear Innovation and Technology Advisory Group (GITAG)

Established in August 2015, GITAG is an industry-based body with Marine Scotland participation, and is hosted by the Scottish Fishermen's Federation (SFF). As we move to full implementation of the Landing Obligation in 2019, GITAG will foster flexible working partnerships between active fishermen, industry and public bodies, gear technologists and science; aimed at scoping and contracting projects, trialling innovations to existing gear categories, piloting new gear configurations and types with associated data collection and appropriate scientific analysis. The Group will also be responsible for the industry-wide dissemination of project-related knowledge, research results and best practice, recommending a suite of evaluated gear.

Gear trial proposals are welcome from all sectors of the industry and should be forwarded through the GITAG Project Manager or Malcolm Morrison at the SFF.

Jennifer Mouat (industry consultant) has been appointed Project Manager and can be contacted by email.

Marine Scotland GITAG representation and advisers:

  • Gordon Hart

  • Barry O'Neill

  • Rob Kynoch

  • Jim Drewery

Background Information

Purpose

This industry group will stimulate innovation in the development of fishing gear technology aimed at trialling and proving new processes and techniques. These will assist the Scottish fishing industry's transition to the operational requirements of the phasing in of the Landing Obligation, whilst protecting economic viability.

The group will advertise and promote the project to the widest possible audience and encourage applications from all sectors of the industry.

The group is expected to remain operational until 31 December 2019, and will operate in line with the Scottish Government’s policies on sustainability, diversity and equality.

Aims

GITAG will foster flexible working partnerships between active fishermen, industry and public bodies, gear technologists and science, aimed at scoping and contracting targeted projects trialling innovations to existing gear categories, piloting new gear configurations and types with associated data collection and appropriate scientific analysis. The group will also be responsible for the industry-wide dissemination of project-related knowledge, research results and best practice, recommending a suite of gear which will form the list of evaluated gear options from which operators can choose.

Structure

Membership of GITAG will consist of representatives from industry, comprising the SFF and other industry representatives with a direct interest in this work, and officials from Marine Scotland's Policy and Science units. Individual fishermen may also be seconded onto the group as and when required, as determined by the needs of individual projects.

Budget

GITAG is 100% grant funded under the EMFF programme. The funding structure will be appropriate to the EMFF regulatory requirements for the programme measure in that it will require match funding to be provided by Marine Scotland.

  • Phase 1 (August 2015 to May 2016) establishment of GITAG, appointment of Project Manager and initial tranche of projects. Total budget £111K

  • Phase 2 (June 2016 to December 2019) running of 3 year programme and commissioning gear trials. Total budget £1.083m

Projects

Details of individual projects supported by GITAG can be found on the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation website.