Commercial fishing vessels provide an ideal platform for most fisheries data collection, but it is imperative that seagoing observers are highly experienced and trained to the highest appropriate industry standards in personal safety. Training your own “in-house” team can be a lengthy and expensive process with no guarantee that the staff will be able to cope with the harsh work conditions. SeaScope staff operate to strict safety procedures and have all undertaken rigorous safety training. They are highly trained in catch sampling techniques and in collecting biological samples (e.g. otolith extraction, tissue sampling, tagging) and they are all highly experienced seagoing professionals.
The core team at SeaScope have been involved in the collection of fisheries data aboard a wide range of commercial fishing vessels and fisheries for a combined 35 years. They have carried out fishing gear technology trials, undertaken routine catch sampling, collected control data at sea for EM projects and have led on government stock assessment Research Vessel surveys. This experience, along with the comprehensive training to STCW95 standards ensure that all SeaScope staff are amongst the most professional observers available for data collection at sea or in the intertidal zone.
At SeaScope we are dedicated to delivering fisheries research and monitoring programmes of the highest quality at competitive prices. Being an independent company, we pride ourselves on impartiality, data quality, delivery, safety and flexibility and look forward to working with industry, scientists and fisheries managers alike to deliver your fisheries and marine related research to the highest possible standards.
Commercial fishing has long been recognised as one of the most dangerous professions.