Thomson Ecology analyse data to help research into scallop fishing intensity

In collaboration with the Welsh Fishermen’s Association, the Fisheries and Conservation Science Group of Bangor University undertook an experimental survey to determine effects of scallop fishing intensity within the Cardigan Bay SAC.

Thomson Ecology marine division was commissioned to analyse the benthic invertebrate samples taken as part of the study. In total 337 samples were analysed and all fauna identified to family level, enumerated and weighed. Samples were analysed in batches and data was provided at intervals throughout the project.

Gwladys Lambert of the Welsh Fishermen’s association said,“I think it has been great and very easy working with Thomson Ecology. We got everything on time, and good quality data; you have been very accommodating and easy to communicate with.”

Based on early results, the client chose which subsequent samples to analyse. A full report will be published by Bangor University and they hope to advise the Welsh government and fishing industry on sustainable levels of scallop fishing in the area.

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