The Scottish Pelagic Fishermen’s Association (SPFA) has launched a new Facebook page to highlight how the association is working with scientists to support the sustainability of pelagic fisheries.

Created by the SFPA’s new chief scientific officer, Dr Steven Mackinson, the Facebook platform will aid in the communication with the fishing industry and other interested parties regarding the broad sweep of scientific work being undertaken by the association.

The initial content is focusing on an industry led survey currently underway on the status of the West of Scotland herring stock and includes video clips of some of the sampling work being undertaken.

Dr Mackinson said: “There is often much mystery shrouding the techniques used in marine science and the challenges encountered. Our aim is to shed light on this scientific work by providing relevant information on our Facebook page in an informative and easily accessible manner.”

The Facebook page can be viewed at