Methodology

SOCIOEC will consider European requirements in fisheries management and work on their implementation in six different case studies. The methodology for this will involve a three step process and include:

  • The weighing of sustainable objectives at European Union (EU) and local/regional level
  • The analysis of the incentives structures and fishers’ behavioural responses to these incentives
  • The enhancement of the influence of the industry in the management system
  • An impact assessment of the management measures proposed along the project

Step 1

There are several requirements at EU level with regard to fisheries management and, although the main body of them is included in the CFP, there are specific points addressed in the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) and other EU directives, such as the Habitats Directive, that refer to issues related to fisheries management.

The first step will be to develop a coherent and consistent set of objectives for fisheries management, which will address ecological, economic and social sustainability objectives. The objectives should be consistent with the aims of the CFP, MSFD and other EU directives, but they should also be understandable to the wider stakeholder community and engage their support.

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Step 2

The second step will be to analyse the incentives for compliance provided by management measures. In particular, we will examine fishers’ responses and perceptions of these measures, based on historical analysis as well as direct consultation and interviews. This part of the project will also examine how the governance of such management measures should operate. In particular, the project will focus on the interpretation of overarching (i.e. EU) objectives in local and regional contexts.

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Step 3

Finally, the project will examine the impact of the management measures that emerge from this process, particularly in terms of their economic and social impacts on the industry and the wider community.

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flagsThe research leading to these results has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7 / 2007-2013) under grant agreement no. 289192. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the European Union cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.