Programme FP7 Cooperation; Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, and Biotechnology (KBBE)
Instrument Collaborative Project
Total Budget €3,830,000
EC Contribution €2,999,939
Duration March 2012 - February 2015 (36 months)
Consortium 25 partners from 11 countries
Coordinator Johann Heinrich Von Thünen-Institut, Germany

The proposed research objectives have been formulated from the research questions addressed in the specific objectives of a European research programme topic on a Knowledge-Based Bio-Economy (KBBE.2011.1.2-10). This topic promotes a scientific basis for the responsible, ecosystem based and sustainable management of Europe’s fisheries in support of the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). SOCIOEC aims to:

Investigate how the objectives regarding ecological; economic and social sustainability can be defined in a clear, prioritised and overall acceptable manner and which gives guidance in the short term and ensures the long-term sustainability and viability of fisheries

- Analyse which management measures, and identify which organisational levels, create the right incentives to tackle the main structural failings mentioned in the Green Paper of the Reform of the CFP

- Determine the socio-economic and spatial effects of these management measures paying special attention to fishermen’s behavioural responses (e.g. incentives), to the potential links of management measures with uncertainties and externalities (e.g. oil price, interest rates, fish market prices)

The project is structured and organised without a separation of ecology, economy and social disciplines, which will be jointly involved in an integrated approach in all work packages (WP) and case studies (CS), analysing successes and failures of fisheries management measures, and aiming to draw conclusions on which management measures would be best introduced and in which circumstances, possibly on a regional basis. Another key feature of SOCIOEC is the direct involvement of partners from the fishing industry and an additional broader range of stakeholders via participation in workshops, to discuss in particular the definition and application of sustainability objectives.

The key elements to understand SOCIOEC and its expected results are:

  1. SOCIOEC will operate at the EU general level but will consider six specific Case Studies that reflect the most representative European fisheries
  2. The stakeholder engagement will be reinforced in all the stages of the management process
  3. The expected project outputs will give an added value to the fisheries management system in the EU by developing new trans- and inter- disciplinary approaches and methodologies which will offer a new and complete vision of the management of the European fisheries

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.