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Responsive Results-Based Management and capacity building for EU Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreement- and international waters

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A sustainable future for EU fisheries beyond Europe’s shores

EU fisheries face a critical dilemma as 21 % of their catches are sourced from non-EU waters with inadequate regulation. Insufficient knowledge, limited enforcement capabilities and a lack of trust between stakeholders exacerbate the issue. With this in mind, the EU-funded FarFish project will promote sustainability and profitability. Specifically, it will analyse the impacts of EU fisheries and develop sustainable exploitation strategies. It will also introduce results-based management and decision support tools, fostering collaboration with stakeholders. The project prioritises capacity building in fisheries management and encourages future cooperation between EU and third countries. FarFish’s results will have immediate and long-term applications, fostering resilient seafood value chains, bolstering European food security, ensuring profitability and creating job opportunities.


The objective of FarFish is to improve knowledge on and management of EU fisheries outside Europe, while contributing to sustainability and long term profitability. 21% of EU catches originate from non-EU waters. These fisheries are often poorly regulated, management decisions are sometimes based on limited knowledge and enforcement capabilities, compliance and trust between stakeholders tend to lack.

FarFish will address these shortcomings in a multidisciplinary and innovative way by focusing on six diverse case studies, four in Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreement (SFPA) waters and two in international waters. Firstly, FarFish will analyse biological, ecological, technological, economic, political and social impacts of EU fisheries in the case studies to advance knowledge and promote sustainable and profitable exploitation. Secondly, introduce Results-Based Management approaches and new decision support tools into these fisheries and test their applicability in collaboration with stakeholders. Thirdly, build capacities in fisheries management and related disciplines amongst stakeholders. The results of FarFish will both have immediate and long-term application. FarFish includes a diverse groups of stakeholders, EU and third country fleets representatives, scientists, decision makers, Regional Fisheries Management Organisations (RFMOs), relevant industries and stakeholders from areas outside the case studies but of importance for the EU fleet, forming a platform for future cooperation between EU and third countries.

FarFish addresses the work programme by improving knowledge within the relevant fisheries, developing management tools and models, improving professional skills and sharing new findings in correspondence to the priorities of SFPAs, RFMOs and the CFP. FarFish will contribute to sustainable management, resilience and efficiency in the seafood value chains, increase European food security, boost long-term profitability and promote jobs.

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Net EU contribution
€ 1 167 555,00
Vinlandsleid 12
113 Reykjavik

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Ísland Ísland Höfuðborgarsvæði
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 2,50

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