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End-of-life fishing and aquaculture gear policy options - ME5240

Description
In England, we are committed to reviewing and consulting on measures including Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) for fishing and aquaculture gear, to ensure that gear that is no longer fit for purpose is sustainably managed. UK-wide, through the British-Irish Council, administrations are committed to working together, and with industry, to develop solutions for the collection and recycling of end-of-life fishing gear.

To support England's Resources & Waste Strategy (2018) commitments, this research builds on our understanding of the current market for fishing and aquaculture gear, defines and analyses policy options, and presents an economic assessment of these options. After completing the England-only research, UK administrations collaborated on an extension to include Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in order to build a UK-wide evidence base to inform any UK-wide policy intervention.

The project sought to understand the circulation and life cycle of fishing and aquaculture gear used in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The project involved the collection of quantitative data; fishing gear currently in use, in storage and on order for future use by UK vessels at ports. Research findings will be used to inform future research needs and policy interventions designed to sustainably manage fishing and aquaculture gear at its end of life and work towards a more circular economy.
Objective
1. Understand the current sources, quantities and life cycle of fishing and aquaculture gear used in England, and across the UK.
2. Define and analyse policy options such as EPR to tackle marine litter from fishing and aquaculture gear and improve waste management at end-of-life.
3. Perform an economic assessment on these policy options for England, and across the UK.
Project Documents
• TRP - Technical Report : England ME5240 Economic assessment of policy options   (2395k)
• TRP - Technical Report : England ME5240 Gear Inventory Report   (4069k)
• TRP - Technical Report : England ME5240 Gear Policy Analysis   (1060k)
• TRP - Technical Report : UK ME5240 Economic assessment of policy options   (2518k)
• TRP - Technical Report : UK ME5240 Gear Inventory Report   (5055k)
• TRP - Technical Report : UK ME5240 Gear Policy Analysis   (1703k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2020

To: 2021

Cost: £108,000
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Resource Futures Ltd
Keywords
Economic Policy Evaluation              
Fisheries              
Marine              
Pollution