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  • The financial performance of the UK fishing fleet has been directly affected by high prices for diesel fuel. As a result, the fishing industry has been faced with an urgent need to reduce their dependency on fuel oil. The UK Sea Fish Industry Authority (Seafish) is leading a project part-funded by UK fisheries departments to identify possibilities and routes to lower fuel usage. The study is seen by the industry as part of an explicit commitment to adapting the UK fishing fleet and its operations to the new era of relatively high fuel prices. The aims of this research are to identify current fuel efficiency practices and the potential scope/benefits of further uptake so vessel owners and government can take action to further improve fuel efficiency among UK fishing vessels. This work is seen as an initial and relatively quick study which may be supplemented later by more detailed work on specific fleet sectors. The study focuses on the UK fishing fleet, taking into account different fleet sectors, fleet operations, gear types and fishing patterns. The study will assess current fuel reduction measures, the degree of uptake and barriers to uptake. The wider economic and environmental impacts of current and potential practice / uptake will be assessed as well as the impact of legislation / regulation on fuel inefficiencies. It is hoped that this research will help industry (vessel owners) to take steps to improve fuel efficiency and make better informed decisions. The findings should inform government about the scope (or otherwise) to reduce fuel dependency (fuel use per tonne of fish landed). Policies / regulations which could be adjusted to account for impact on potential vessel business efficiency will also be highlighted. The paper will outline the preliminary findings from this research.
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  • Graham, Kate. 2006. Improving Fuel Efficiency in the UK Fishing Fleet. In: Proceedings of the Thirteenth Biennial Conference of the International Institute of Fisheries Economics & Trade, July 11-14, 2006, Portsmouth, UK: Rebuilding Fisheries in an Uncertain Environment. Compiled by Ann L. Shriver. International Institute of Fisheries Economics & Trade, Corvallis, Oregon, USA, 2006. CD ROM. ISBN 0-9763432-3-1
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  • The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration Marine Fisheries Service, United States Department of Commerce (NOAA Fisheries); United Kingdom Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA); The United States Agency for International Development supported Aquaculture Collaborative Research and Support Program (ACRSP).
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