The Scottish Government has regularly provided research funding for collaborative work between the Scottish catching sector and fisheries scientists. From 2006 until 2011 this was undertaken by Scottish Industry/Science Partnerships (SISP), and from 2012 this was replaced by the Fishing Industry Science Alliance (FISA).
The overall aims of the Fishing Industry Science Alliance are:
to conduct research to enhance knowledge on current topics of interest to the Scottish fishing industry
to contribute to increased collaboration and understanding between fishermen and scientists in Scotland to support effective management for sustainable marine fisheries
Between 2012 and 2015, £150,000 has been secured annually, funding 16 collaborative FISA projects. For more details of the projects see the relevant Projects and Reports tabs.
**It has now been confirmed that there will not be a call for FISA applications in 2017/18, and at present funds are not available to continue the scheme in future years. In the event of any changes to funding availability a call will be widely publicised. Marine Scotland Science is committed to ensuring the completion of existing FISA projects and reports will be added to the website in due course**