Fisheries Publications

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Description Summary Date published
The SELTRA sorting box: A highly selective gear for fish in the Irish Nephrops fishery Substantial reductions in catches of unwanted fish species, and improved retention of Nephrops demonstrate that the SELTRA is a key gear option for vessels primarily targeting Nephrops. 9 Feb 2017
A general catch comparison method for multi-gear trials: application to a quad-rig trawling fishery for Nephrops This paper introduces a new catch comparison method for more than two gears with applications for gear trials using the quad-rig in the Nephrops fishery. 23 Jan 2017
Assessment of a dual codend with net separator panel in an Irish Nephrops fishery Study results demonstrate how it's possible to optimise size grades and quality of Nephrops and fish catches, greatly reduce catch sorting times, while also meeting legislative restrictions on discarding. 7 Dec 2016
Assessment of the impacts of the Landing Obligation on Irish Vessels Building on previous work carried out in 2014, this study combined field testing of the impacts of choking on two demersal trawl fisheries, with economic analysis of related outcomes. The utility of technical and tactical changes in fishing practices as well as increased catch allowances in offsetting such impacts was assessed. 4 Aug 2016
Assessment of T90 mesh in a fishery targeting whiting in the Celtic Sea Study results show that T90 mesh provides an excellent option to substantially improve the length composition and quality of whiting, while minimising impacts of the landing obligation on vessels targeting that species. 29 Jun 2016
Nephrops Report Cover Assessment of square mesh cod ends in an Irish Nephrops fishery A range of different square mesh cod-end mesh sizes were tested as a potential means of improving Nephrops selectivity. Results suggest that other measures tested by BIM namely an increase in cod-end mesh size and customised rigid sorting grids, are better options in Irish Nephrops fisheries. 26 May 2016
Nephrops-Feb 2016 thumbnail.jpg Assessment of rigid sorting grids in an Irish quad-rig trawl fishery for Nephrops This study demonstrates a new sorting grid for Nephrops as an option for achieving major reductions in catches of small Nephrops while retaining fish catches. 15 Feb 2016
Report cover of BIM organised trip to a flume tank in Hirtshals BIM Flume Tank Workshop in Hirtshals Denmark Report on the BIM organised trip to a flume tank in Hirtshals, Denmark in November 2015. The aim of the trip was to test and discuss various devices for improving species and size selectivity in Irish fisheries, with a particular emphasis on the commercially important Nephrops fishery. 29 Jan 2016
BIM Report Cover Thumbanil Assessment of an Increase in Cod-End Mesh Size in the Irish Sea Nephrops Fishery A study conducted in the Irish Sea Nephrops fishery revealed major biological and economic benefits associated with an increase in minimum cod-end mesh size in the Irish Sea 23 Sep 2015
Report cover page Report of the Working Group on Safety Training and Employment in the Irish Fishing Industry The Working Group proposals include improved safety standards on vessels, making the industry more attractive for new entrants and advocating a careers structure for individuals working in the industry. 28 Jul 2015
Cover for the Socio-economic Profile of Ireland's Fishing Communities 2013 At Sea Simulation of Landing Obligation A detailed technical and economic assessment of the impacts of the landing obligation at operational level with a particular focus on the impacts of choke species. 23 Mar 2015
BIM Cod-end Mesh Size Report 2015 Cover.gif Assessment of Diamond Cod-end Mesh Size on Catch Composition in a Celtic Sea Nephrops Trawl Fishery Significant reductions in catches of undersize Nephrops achieved by using increased diamond cod-end mesh 17 Feb 2015
BIM 300mm square mesh panel report_thumbnail Assessment of a 300 mm square-mesh panel in the Irish Sea Nephrops fishery A report on the gear trial in the Western Irish Sea in ICES Division VIIa resulting in major reductions in catches of whiting and haddock and no reduction of Nephrops catches. Results are in line with a Northern Irish assessment 11 Nov 2014
Report Cover Catch comparison of Quad and Twin-rig trawls in the Celtic Sea Nephrops fishery 2014 Report on catch comparison of Quad and Twin-rig trawls in the Celtic Sea Nephrops fishery 29 Aug 2014
Ros an Mhil Report Thumbnail Economic Survey to Determine the Importance of Seafood Activity for Ros an Mhíl This report, facilitated by BIM, provides qualitative and quantitative information on the value that fishing contributes to the national fisheries harbour centre at Ros an Mhíl. (Updated 2016) 22 Apr 2014
Bluefin Tuna Seal Depredation and Bycatch in Irish Set Net Fisheries Fisheries Resource Series 16 Dec 2013
Cover for the Socio-economic Profile of Ireland's Fishing Communities 2013 Pelagic Separator Trials Report The assessment of fish quality before and after a device used to separate pelagic fish (mackerel) from offloading delivery water in November 2013 10 Dec 2013
Cover for the Socio-economic Profile of Ireland's Fishing Communities 2013 Swedish Grid and Celtic Sea Square Mesh Panel trial Assessing the effect of placing a Celtic Sea SMP aft of a Swedish Grid on board MFV Mater Dei in the Irish Sea Nephrops fishery 10 Dec 2013
Cover of the Socio-economic Profile of Ireland's Fishery Harbour Centres Report Castletownbere: A Socio-economic Profile of Ireland's Fishery Harbour Centres A report presenting background statistics which describe the social and economic characteristics of the Castletownbere Fishery Harbour Centre. (One of a series of six fishery harbour centre profiles commissioned by BIM) 30 May 2013
Cover of the Socio-economic Profile of Ireland's Fishery Harbour Centres Report Howth: Socio-economic Profile of Ireland's Fishery Harbour Centres A report presenting background statistics which describe the social and economic characteristics of the Howth Fishery Harbour Centre. (One of a series of six fishery harbour centre profiles commissioned by BIM) 30 May 2013
Cover of the Socio-economic Profile of Ireland's Fishery Harbour Centres Report Killybegs: A Socio-economic Profile of Ireland's Fishery Harbour Centres A report presenting background statistics which describe the social and economic characteristics of the Killybegs Fishery Harbour Centre. (One of a series of six fishery harbour centre profiles commissioned by BIM) 30 May 2013
Cover of the Socio-economic Profile of Ireland's Fishery Harbour Centres Report Dunmore East: A Socio-economic Profile of Ireland's Fishery Harbour Centres A report presenting background statistics which describe the social and economic characteristics of the Dunmore East Fishery Harbour Centre. (One of a series of six fishery harbour centre profiles commissioned by BIM) 30 Mar 2013
Cover of the Socio-economic Profile of Ireland's Fishery Harbour Centres Report Rossaveal: A Socio-economic Profile of Ireland's Fishery Harbour Centres A report presenting background statistics which describe the social and economic characteristics of the Rossaveal Fishery Harbour Centre. (One of a series of six fishery harbour centre profiles commissioned by BIM) 30 Mar 2013
Socio Economic Report 2013 Lrg_FLAGS Cover A Socio-economic Profile of Ireland's Fishing Communities: The FLAG North Region including Killybegs Fishery Harbour Centre A report presenting background socio-economic statistics for the FLAG North Region including Killybegs Fishery Harbour Centre. (One of a series of six area profiles commissioned by BIM) 30 May 2013
Socio Economic Report 2013 FLAGS Cover 110x50 A Socio-economic Profile of Ireland's Fishing Communities: The FLAG North East Region including Howth Fishery Harbour Centre A report presenting background socio-economic statistics for the FLAG North East Region including Howth Fishery Harbour Centre. (One of a series of six area profiles commissioned by BIM) 30 May 2013
Cover for the Socio-economic Profile of Ireland's Fishing Communities 2013 A Socio-economic Profile of Ireland's Fishing Communities: The FLAG North West Region A report presenting background socio-economic statistics for the FLAG North West Region. (One of a series of six area profiles commissioned by BIM) 30 May 2013
Socio Economic Report 2013 FLAGS Cover 110x50 A Socio-economic Profile of Ireland's Fishing Communities: The FLAG South West Region including Castletownbere Fishery Harbour Centre. A report presenting background socio-economic statistics for the FLAG South West Region including Castletownbere Fishery Harbour Centre. (One of a series of six area profiles commissioned by BIM) 30 May 2013
Socio Economic Report 2013 FLAGS Cover 110x50 A Socio-economic Profile of Ireland's Fishing Communities: The FLAG South East Region including Dunmore East Fishery Harbour Centre A report presenting background socio-economic statistics for the FLAG South East Region including Dunmore East Fishery Harbour Centre. (One of a series of six area profiles commissioned by BIM) 30 Mar 2013
Socio Economic Report 2013 FLAGS Cover 110x50 A Socio-economic Profile of Ireland's Fishing Communities: The FLAG West Region including Rossaveal Fishery Harbour Centre A report presenting background socio-economic statistics for the FLAG West Region including Rossaveal Fishery Harbour Centre. (One of a series of six area profiles commissioned by BIM) 30 Mar 2013
Cover of the Socio-economic Profile of Ireland's Fishery Harbour Centres Report Greencastle: A Socio-economic Profile of Ireland's Fishing Harbours A report presenting background statistics which describe the social and economic characteristics of the Greencastle Fishery Harbour 30 May 2013
BIM report front cover Review of Crawfish Technical Conservation Measures Report to the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine on the Technical Conservation Measures (TCMs) currently in place for the Irish crawfish (Palinurus elephas) stock and future recommendations. November 2012 2 Nov 2012
A START UP GUIDE FOR FISHERIES LOCAL ACTION GROUPS.jpg A Start Up Guide for Fisheries Local Action Groups Guidelines for establishing a Fisheries Local Action Group under the 'Axis 4 - Sustainable Development of Fishery Dependent Areas Programme'. 12 Jun 2012
BIM Responsibly Sourced Standard - Fishing Vessel Standard This document sets out the requirements for applicants to the BIM Responsibly Sourced Fishing Vessel Standard. 29 Aug 2012
BIM Responsibly Sourced Standard - Onshore Handling Standard The Onshore Handling Standard sets out the requirements for Onshore Facilities to be certified to the BIM Responsibly Sourced Standard. 31 May 2012
Economic Survey to Determine the Importance of Seafood Activity for the Castletownbere Region Economic Survey to Determine the Importance of Seafood Activity for the Castletownbere Region This report facilitated by BIM details qualitative and quantative information on the value that fishing contributes to the town including how 81% of the employment in Castletownbere is related to fishing. 1 May 2012
KBHLG_Report(HighLevelGroup)_Cover Report of the High Level Group on the Jobs Initiative for the Killybegs Region Report on the jobs initiative for the Killybegs region following on from the economic assessment. 2 Dec 2011
Killybegs Report Cover Killybegs, Assessment of the status, development and diversification of fisheries dependent communities(2.7Mb) An economic assessment of Killybegs - a case study of a fisheries dependent community. 14 Jun 2011
Green paper response Ireland's Response To the Commission's Green Paper on the Reform of the Common Fisheries Policy (1.27MB) This paper both summarises Ireland's view of the Commission's Green Paper and makes a number of informed recommendations. 18 Apr 2009
Improving Fuel Efficiency thumbnail Improving Fuel Efficiency on Fishing Vessels (5Mb) Series: BIM User Friendly Guide No. 7
This guide investigates engine efficiency in terms of the improvements in fuel consumption that result from basic maintenance and fuel monitoring; the effects of excessive drag on the hull caused by fouling; and matching the speed of the vessel to optimum fuel consumption. 25 Aug 2009
Analysis of a resource The Shrimp (Palaemon serratus P.) Fishery: Analysis of the Resource in 2003-2007 (3Mb) Fisheries Resource Series No. 8. 18 Sep 2008
Monitoring Waterford Assessment, Monitoring and Management of the Dundalk Bay and Waterford Estuary Cockle (Cerastoderma edule) Fisheries in 2007 (1Mb) Fisheries Resource Series No. 7. 18 Jun 2008
Bluefin Tuna Bluefin Tuna Tagging in Irish Waters (8.3Mb) Fisheries Resource Series No. 6. 18 Jan 2008
Report cover for BIM Trials of Non-Sulphite Prawn Treatments Irish Trials of Non-Sulphite Prawn Treatments Our report on trials conducted in June 2008 to assist the prawn industry establish viable alternatives to the use of sodium metabisulphite in the treatment of Black spot (or melanosis). We compare the effectiveness of the commercially available non-sulphite based products; Crustaxyl®, Xyrex® Prawn-Fresh(TM) and Everfresh® against sodium metabisulphite (4% concentration). 28 Jun 2008
User Friendly Guide to filling in the EU Logbook - Section I (6.5Mb) Series: BIM User Friendly Guide No. 1
A guide for skippers in completing the EU logbook. Section I: Deals with filling in the logbook during the course of a normal fishing trip. 18 Apr 2007
logbook II User Friendly Guide to filling in the EU Logbook - Section II (5.5Mb) Series: BIM User Friendly Guide No. 1
A guide for skippers in completing the EU logbook. Section II: Contains examples covering a range of gear types/areas/target species and demonstrates how to fill in the logbook from leaving port to landing. 18 Apr 2007
Monitoring scallops The Lobster (Homarus gammarus L.) Fishery: Analysis of the resource in 2004-2005 (2.5Mb) Fisheries Resource Series No. 5. 18 Aug 2006
Crab as a resource The Brown Crab (Cancer pagurus L.) Fishery: Analysis of the resource in 2004-2005 (1.7Mb) Fisheries Resource Series No. 4. 18 Jul 2006
Monitoring scallops Monitoring and Assessment of Scallops off the South East Coast of Ireland (1.3Mb) Fisheries Resource Series No. 3. 18 Jun 2006
building a sustainable resource Decommissioning scheme - Building a Sustainable Future for Irelands Fishing Fleet (715kb) Report on the final element of an integrated set of schemes designed to deliver the necessary restructuring, renewal and modernisation in the whitefish fleet and to permanently withdraw capacity from the demersal and shellfish sector. 18 Nov 2005
demersal Decommissioning requirements for Irelands Demersal and Shellfish Fleets by Padraic White (1.1Mb) The review examines and reports on the urgency, scope and cost of the decommissioning requirements for the demersal and shellfish fleets, in order to establish a balance between fleet size and available fishing entitlements. 18 Jul 2005
Biology and management of the clawed lobster The Biology and Management of Clawed Lobster (Homarus gammarus L.) in Europe (5.3Mb) Fisheries Resource Series No. 2. 18 Jun 2004

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