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Ecosystem-based Responsive Fisheries Management in Europe

Objective

EcoFishMan seeks to develop a responsive fisheries management system (RFMS) based on results-based management (RBM) principles. The intended context of application of the RFMS is complex, mixed-fisheries and multi-stakeholder fishery sectors like those found in the EU/Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) area. It will be an ecosystem-based sustainable management system under a precautionary framework that will define maximum acceptable negative impact, target elimination of discards and maintain economic and social viability. EcoFishMan is a multidisciplinary project, involving scientists and stakeholders in activities relating to biology, stock assessment, technology, economy, sociology and legal aspects of fisheries management. The work starts with a review on existing results-based management systems (RBMS), the CFP and tools that aid fisheries management. The next step is identification of outcome targets and development of relevant indicators, which are then visualised through development of a GIS based decision support tool. The RFMS will be designed, developed and evaluated in collaboration between scientists and stakeholders and tested through simulated case studies. This will take place in an iterative process (spiral model) to ensure that the RFMS is adaptive to different types of fisheries and changes in the environment. A roadmap will be produced for the implementation and maintenance of recommendations in the system. In the RFMS, stakeholder involvement is essential and through their active involvement in the development of the system, EcoFishMan aims at improving cooperation and mutual understanding between scientists, policy makers and other stakeholders. Top-down management strategies will be combined with a co-management and bottom-up approach that aims to shift the burden of proof and to involve and benefit stakeholders, offering a fundamentally new approach to fisheries management in Europe.
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Coordinator

MATIS OHF

Address

Vinlandsleid 12
113 Reykjavik

Iceland

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 504 844,01

Administrative Contact

Oddur Már Gunnarsson (Mr.)

Participants (15)

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INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATION FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF FISHERIES AND AQUACULTURE IN EUROPE*EUROFISH

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 114 507,21

CENTRO TECNOLOGICO DEL MAR - FUNDACION CETMAR

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 323 589,66

BITLAND ENTERPRISE APS

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 9 441,90

HASKOLI ISLANDS

Iceland

EU Contribution

€ 165 673,34

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 213 161,22

NOFIMA AS

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 179 695,75

UNIVERSITETET I TROMSOE - NORGES ARKTISKE UNIVERSITET

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 363 209,76

CENTRO DE CIENCIAS DO MAR DO ALGARVE

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 177 481,12

INSTITUTO NACIONAL DE RECURSOS BIOLOGICOS I.P. INRB

Portugal

MAPIX TECHNOLOGIES LTD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 75 650

MARINE SCOTLAND

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 70 473,57

SEA FISH INDUSTRY AUTHORITY

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 117 039,80

THE UNIVERSITY COURT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ABERDEEN

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 189 930

SP/F SYNTESA

Faeroe Islands

EU Contribution

€ 200 267,26

INSTITUTO PORTUGUES DO MAR E DA ATMOSFERA IP

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 295 035,40

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 265401

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 March 2011

  • End date

    28 February 2014

Funded under:

FP7-KBBE

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 810 200,34

  • EU contribution

    € 3 000 000

Coordinated by:

MATIS OHF

Iceland