Wageningen UR - LEI



LEI is the main institute for socio-economic research in agriculture, horticulture, and fisheries in the Netherlands, having a staff of over 300 people and being part of Wageningen University and Research (WUR). The research programs of the various divisions of the Institute are particularly directed to the provision of relevant quantitative and qualitative information on micro and macro level in the fields of economics and social sciences. The section Aquatic Resources employs 13 persons in total, of whom 10 are professional research workers and 3 support staff for the extraction of financial statistics of the sector and administrative tasks. Since 1948 the section has built up solid experience in all fields of fisheries economics and social sciences, such as financial analysis, market research, techno- and bioeconomics, management policies, transitions and governance. Part of the research program of the section is regular activities of extraction, processing and publication of the economic results of Dutch fisheries and aquaculture. A panel of skipper-owners covering about one quarter of the sea fishing fleet is annually making these data available on a voluntary basis. Another part consists of specific research projects requested by the Dutch fishing industry or the Fisheries Directorate of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation. Finally, the section carries out studies contracted by the European Union, Government institutions in developed and developing countries or private firms. The section has been involved in several EU project for bio-economic modeling (EFIMAS, COMMIT), fishing tactics (TECTAC) and economic and technical efficiency (CAFÉ, DEGREE).

Role of LEI in SOCIOEC

LEI will coordinate WP3, and will participate in the North Sea case study. In addition, LEI will contribute to the other WP, and more particularly to WP2 (objectives), WP4 (policy process and implementation) and WP5 ( impact assessment).

Description of Personnel involved in the project

Hans van Oostenbrugge (b. 1971, PhD in fisheries Science) is the head of the division and a biologist by origin. He has been working at the fisheries group from 2001. He holds a PhD study on uncertainty in catch rates. Recently, he has been concerned with the setup of the Dutch National program for economic data collection for the EU and with projects on bio-economic indicators, valuation of fishing grounds and prediction of economic effects of quota measures, days at sea restrictions and fleet reductions on the Dutch fleet. He was also involved in the EU project EFIMAS and COMMIT on modelling effects of management measures.

Erik Buisman (b. 1959, MA in General Economics) is a senior researcher at LEI. He has been working for the Fisheries Unit of LEI since 1995 and has fifteen years of experience in fisheries economic research. He participated in several national and EU projects concerning fisheries economics, analysis of fisheries management and relation economy - ecology.

Birgit de Vos (b. 1976, MA in Social Anthropology and Sociology of Non Western People) is finishing her PhD research on fisheries governance and changing trust relationships between the main actors in the Dutch fishing industry. She has been working for LEI since 2002. She has carried out field and desk research on socio-economic issues and transitions in fisheries in the Netherlands. Specific projects concern: stakeholders analysis on the North Sea, co-management, governance, transitions towards sustainability, fishermen incentives, and facilitating fishermen study groups.

Katell Hamon (PhD) is a fisheries economist with experience in the development of bioeconomic models for fisheries in Europe and Australia. She has participated to FP6-project EFIMAS and is part of FP7 projects COEXIST, VECTORS and MYFISH.

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.