Distribution and migration of commercial fish stocks, i.e. sole in the UK waters

Project Details


General introduction

In BARFISH, the spatial distribution, seasonal migration patterns, stock structure and biomass of common sole (Solea solea) in and near UK waters is documented. This knowledge is for the negotiations regarding the redistribution of fishing rights between the UK and EU. In addition, the aim is to provide insights for the negative Brexit impact on the economic and social viability of the Flemish fisheries sector.

Research approach

BARFISH is organised in five work packages (WPs) that contribute to a better understanding on the spatial and temporal distribution patterns, stock structure and biomass of common sole in and near British waters. To obtain this knowledge, different types of data will be used and integrated (WP5): scientific survey and commercial fishing data (WP1), mark-recapture data (WP2), genetic data (SNPs and eDNA, WP3) and abundance and environmental data for modelling (WP4). 


A redistribution of the fishing quota or closure of fishing areas in British territorial waters has a direct impact on the Belgian fishing fleet. The relevance of BARFISH is in providing scientific knowledge related to common sole in and near British territorial waters, a commercially important species for Belgian fishermen. Sector relevant scenarios that estimate the impact of potential actions of the UK on the Flemish fishing industry are developed. In addition, science-based knowledge and advice is provided which is essential for policymakers while negotiating fishing quota from 2026 onwards.

Effective start/end date1/10/2231/12/23

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