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Interaction between environment and fisheries - a challenge to management


The IBEFish has two objectives: 1) to share the results and theoretical understandings gained in past projects with regard to the ecosystem approach in fisheries management with a special focus on the role of participation in integrated management of the interaction between environment and fisheries; and 2) to make practical recommendations for improving fisheries management towards an ecosystem-based approach especially emphasising the need for an enhanced knowledge-base, legitimacy and trust-building in the management. The main objectives will be reached by two tasks. First, by synthesising the results of projects on interaction between environment and fisheries from a perspective of effective participation in integrated management. Some of our case studies explore lessons learned in integrated management of other natural resources, which will result in improved understanding of the ecosystem management. The synthesis uses a framework for evaluating effectiveness of participatory decision making. Second, to disseminate the findings to decision-makers, the industry, environmentalists, regulators and the scientific community. The IBEFish will organise a workshop to convene researchers working on similar questions all over Europe. In addition, we will disseminate our findings to decision-makers and stakeholders by producing policy briefs and to a larger audience in professional press. Finally, the project will outline new research questions to support effective management of the interaction between environment and fisheries. The IBEFish project support "progressive implementation of the ecosystem-based approach to fisheries management", a policy-relevant objective that was highlighted in the research priority 1.3. of the call. The project will both explore the conceptual requirements of the ecosystem approach to the management as well as the aspects of effective participation of a wide range of actors.

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