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Final Report - JAKFISH (Judgement and Knowledge in Fisheries including Stakeholders)

Project ID: 212969
Funded under: FP7-KBBE


This is the final Report of the JAKFISH project which received funding under the European Commission (EC)'s Seventh Framework Program (FP7). It provided an integrated approach to stakeholder involvement into fisheries management and examined the institutions, practices and tools that allow complexity, uncertainty and ambiguity to be dealt with. The JAKFISH project reviewed the general literature on participatory modelling in natural resource management.

In practice, JAKFISH aims to exploit the assumed potential of active involvement of stakeholders in the modelling process with the use of four case studies dealing with data-poor stocks and fisheries that generate bycatches of other species, stocks that mix and migrate over different management areas. Stakeholders were asked to give input and evaluate the scientific models that are used to provide fisheries management advice.

Overall, the project has evaluated the role of science, stakeholder and policy-makers in the process of fisheries management and has specifically looked at different roles for knowledge and knowledge-workers in that process. Participatory modelling has shown to be a feasible option in a number of the case studies and this could generate more trust and compliance to the measures agreed.

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