Ecosystem approach to fisheries

 Maintaining healthy ecosystems and a vibrant fishing sector is of paramount importance to all coastal and riparian regions in the world. One of the tasks of the fisheries manager is to make sure that the interests of the fishery sector are considered and represented versus the claims and interests of other user groups. The ecosystem approach takes the wider ecosystem, its interactions with fisheries and the interests of other users into consideration.


Practical Information:

Date                 21 September - 09 October 2015

Deadline            10 August 2015

Deadline NFP     24 March 2015

Price                 3,800 Euro

Monitoring of resource use and fisheries impact

Understanding the wider ecosystem impacts of fishery

The ecosystem approach to fisheries (EAF) is aimed at integrating the interests of all uses and users and pays special attention to the impact of fishing on other ecosystem elements and functions. The course will make you familiar with EAF-theory and with the FAO toolbox developed for the preparation and implementation of an EAF management plan. It will also provide you with analytical tools to make more sense of socio- economic and fisheries data. In the first part of the course we will discuss various forms of fisheries management and guide you through the steps of the toolbox developed by FAO to support the transition from a conventional to an EAF approach. In the second part of the course we focus on the information that can be derived from catch and effort data. In the last part you will practice skills in collecting socio-economic data. If the circumstances allow, we will visit a Dutch fishery setting. In the process you will develop insight in some of the issues the Dutch fisheries sector is dealing with. During the course, participants will learn from each other’s professional issues, experiences and possible solutions. For this reason, a number of years of relevant work experience is required Read more.


Course objectives

Upon completion of the course you will:

• have a better understanding of the ecosystem approach to fisheries (EAF);
• know the steps that lead to application of EAF in your own situation;
• know how to analyse fisheries catch and effort data;
• be better equipped to evaluate the information that results from these data.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have an academic degree (BSc or equivalent) in a discipline relevant for fisheries management, and have at least three years of relevant working experience in fisheries management, research, higher education in fisheries related subjects, fisheries extension and training, development of coastal or lakeside communities or other fisheries related work fields. Proficiency in English is required.


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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.