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Sustainable management of renewable marine resources - a comparative study of management systems and markets in Northwest African cephalopod fisheries


The project will study the regulation of the various production systems existing in the context of the Moroccan, Mauritanian and Senegalese cephalopod fisheries. Bringing together researchers from both natural and social sciences, the project aims to document and analyze the dynamics of the interactions which exist between the productive and management systems. The project will take a comparative approach analyzing the dynamics particular to each country's situation and using these as the basis for discussion of methods to enhance sustainable management of the resources. The ultimate aim of the project is to identify ways in which current management systems might be improved so as to safeguard the natural resources and the exploitation systems based upon them.
Expected Outcome

The cephalopod fisheries of Northwest Africa represent the most valuable of the fishery resources of the region. In common with other fisheries, it is the most valuable stocks which are most in need of management. If management is to be sustainable then there is a need to take into account not only the physical condition of the fish stock but also the economic, social and legal circumstances under which the fishery is prosecuted. To date most research effort in the region has concentrated on the fish stock problem. The major benefit of this project will be to widen the scope of research thereby extending the knowledge base on which develop management systems might be developed or refined.

The results of the project will have a number of impacts at the regional level. At the management level, each of the Administrations will have a broader range of management options. In addition interactions between the fisheries especially at the market level will be made explicit, laying the base for concerted management measures if these are deemed of interest.

The project is also of interest at the European level since many EU fishermen depend on the cephalopod resources of the region and stand to benefit from sustainable management. The EU is also a large consumer of cephalopods and EU consumers stand to gain by having access to more stable supplies, possibly at lower prices.

At a training level, the project will involve a significant exchange of expertise. Partners will develop both within their own disciplines, especially in the social sciences, and by being confronted with different disciplinary approaches. The project will lead to significant integration of North-South research institutes. It is anticipated that many of the project reports will lead to articles for international journals. In this way researchers from all institutes will increase their access to this forum.
The project will proceed via 3 major work phases. In the first phase, researchers will develop a multi-disciplinary synthesis of the concept of sustainable management. This synthesis will be based on discipline-based views of the concept (law, economics, sociology, biology) as well as the viewpoint of those involved with the management of the fishery (ministries). The aim is to develop and promulgate the concept of sustainable management in these fisheries.

The second phase will seek to define the cephalopod fishing system by taking a historical perspective of the dynamics of the fishery. This is an essential phase since clearly successful management relies upon identifying a discrete management unit, yet this is often easier said than done, especially when a wider perspective than the fish stock itself is taken.

The third phase seeks to evaluate effects that have been (or might be) induced by different management systems with respect to the concept of sustainable management.


University of Portsmouth
Locksway Road Southsea
PO4 8JF Portsmouth
United Kingdom

Participants (4)

Centre National de Recherche Océanographie et des Peches

20 Nouadhibou
Centre de Recherche Oceanographiques de Dakar-Thiaroye

30 Dakar
Institut de Recherche pour le Développement
Avenue Agropolis
34032 Montpellier
Office National des Peches
2,Rue De Tiznit 2