The National Park Authority administers Sustainable Development Fund grants in Pembrokeshire. To read summary details of the projects supported by the fund, choose a project title from the list below.
Pembrokeshire Sustainable Shellfish Pilot Initiative
The Pembrokeshire Sustainable Shellfish Pilot Initiative aims to raise awareness and understanding, amongst the fishing industry and coastal communities, of the environmental and economic issues associated with ghost fishing of static gear. These are the problems caused when lost or derelict fishing gear continues to catch fish. Fishermen will be encouraged to introduce one or more voluntary initiatives into their fishing practice, which can help to reduce their impact on the environment and demonstrate a proactive solution to some of the recognised issues. These include a reduction in fish stocks, impacts on habitats and marine litter. By introducing a series of measures such as gear tagging, biodegradable hooks, escape hatches and v-notching lobsters, as well as educating fishermen, the project aims to demonstrate that it is possible to improve the sustainability of static fishing gear off the Pembrokeshire Coast. Consequently this will reduce the impact that lost fishing gear is having on the marine environment and minimise the likelihood of catching juvenile species. The environmental improvements secured will benefit the Pembrokeshire Marine Special Area of Conservation (SAC), future generations making use of the site’s living resources and also sustain economic returns for fishermen.
Project Total Cost: £40,851.00
Grant Awarded: £20,237.00