FLAG PROJECTS

Escape Gaps - Hornsea & Wider FLAG Area

MMO Ref: HOL0053

Project Name: Escape Gaps - Hornsea & Wider FLAG Area

Organisation: Holderness Fisheries Industry Group

This project follows a request by the commercial fishermen operating along the Holderness Coast to provide further funding for additional escape gaps, of a new and more robust design. The fishermen have invested time developing a new 2mm stainless steel escape gap, creating prototypes, commissioning a CNC design and running trials using different prototypes at sea. The escape gaps facilitate the release of undersize shellfish from pots whilst in situ, minimising undersize mortality and limb loss. The escape gaps dimensions have been researched, trialled and designed to retain all size C.pagurus and H.gammarus.