Research on the biology and fishery of North Sea brown shrimp CRANgon crangon as basis for an efficient self-management
The German brown shrimp fishery got a sustainability certificate (MSC ecolabel) since 2017. Unlike other fisheries that are subject to a management plan of the European Union, the prerequisite for the MSC ecolabel is an internal self-management of the shrimp fishery. The CranMan project aims at creating the scientific basis to accompany and improve the self-management of the shrimp fishery.
The brown shrimp fishery is an important fishery in Germany, which is not managed by the European Union. The scientific assessment for the non-regulation of the shrimp fishery is based on research from the 1970s. Recent research has called into question this assessment, and therefore the need for management of shrimp fisheries is being re-discussed. The situation on the shrimp marketing side has also changed as wholesalers increasingly insist on certification of fisheries. However, a central prerequisite for certification is scientific stock assessment and resulting management recommendations for the fishery.
Due to the short lifespan of North Sea brown shrimp (Crangon crangon), a monthly monitoring of the stock must take place and regulatory measures should be taken immediately in the ongoing season. This is most likely to be done by the fisheries themselves, which is why the first step was self-management through fisheries. The management plan essentially includes a fishing ban at times of low stock levels and a successive increase in mesh size. The CranMan project aims to scientifically investigate and improve the effectiveness and efficiency of fisheries self-management.
8.2018 - 7.2021
Project status: ongoing