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Economics and the common fisheries policy: perspectives for the future economic management of Europe's fisheries.


The objective of the Concerted Action is to promote an active exchange of experiences, analyses and ideas between European economists on the present and future management of Europe's marine capture fisheries.
Moreover, in order to maintain a practical management perspective, participation and input on key questions will also be sought from policy-makers, biologists and representatives of the fishing industry.

Although the central aim is to bring together economists working in fisheries, the participation of economists working in related areas (including other natural resources, agriculture and the environment) will be encouraged.

The focus of the Concerted Action is the European Community's common fisheries policy (CFP) and the national fishery management systems that have been adopted by Member States under the CFP, but there will also be an interest in the management regimes of other members of the European Economic Area, notably Norway and Iceland. The primary concern will be with the management of fishing effort, in the Northeast Atlantic and adjacent waters, the North Sea, and the Mediterranean.

The detailed objectives of the Concerted Action may be summarised as follows:

- to identify the key problems and priorities (objectives and constraints) in the management of Europe's marine fisheries;
- to consider from an economic perspective the apparent successes and failures of existing national and international fisheries management policies, management instruments and institutional arrangements;
- to consider the lessons that can be learned from European fishery management experiences in the wider international context;
- to explore the practical potential for new approaches to the management of fisheries in Europe, including the use of economic management instruments and the introduction of alternative systems of fisheries governance;
- to consider the implications of these experiences and ideas for the possible future shape of the common fisheries policy.

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