Acoustic and video surveys
- In 2014 and 2015, Sussex IFCA worked with Cefas and Fugro-Emu to use a side scan sonar and underwater video camera to map seabed habitats and black seabream nests. Clips from these video surveys can be found via our interactive map. The features mapped in these surveys helped to develop the spatial extent of the management zones.
Black seabream tagging
- Between 2014 and 2016, Sussex IFCA worked with local charter angling skippers to attach external identification tags to seabream. Positions and details of tagged fish released were recorded for every fish and when tagged seabream were recaptured, these details were recorded again, giving some information about seabream migration patterns and site fidelity.
- Concurrent with routine compliance duties, black seabream focussed patrols are conducted April-June to gather catch per unit effort and biological information from recreational and commercial fishers.
- Sussex IFCA supports partner organisations to conduct small fish surveys along the Sussex coast, focussing on juveniles of larger species and small fish adapted to specific nearshore conditions. Juvenile black seabream are often caught inshore as they use these sheltered areas for the first few years of their lives.
Fishing Effort Report 2017-2021