External Organisations

  • Cefas, United Kingdom
  • Universidade da Coruña, Spain
  • Aalborg University, Denmark
  • University of Tromsø, Norway
  • Swedish Board of Fisheries, Sweden
  • Istituto Superiore per la Protezione e la Ricerca Ambientale, Italy
  • Pelagic Regional Advisory Council
  • Baltic Sea Regional Advisory Council

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Stakeholders andscientists involved in GAP1 initiated cooperative research by making plans tocombine knowledge in participatory research through a series of European andregional workshops. GAP1 represented phase 1 of a three-phase program thataimed to explore the complementary nature of alternative knowledge andinvestigate how to combine it in ways that will enhance understanding andmanagement of natural resources. Tied to knowledge, GAP1 was an evidence-basedapproach that used participation as the vehicle to improve understanding onfisheries research and management issues of common concern to stakeholders,scientists and policy makers. Through initiation of cooperative research andfacilitating the building of the capacity of stakeholders to engage inparticipatory research, GAP1 contributed towards the wider aspiration of theScience in Society program. In particular, enhancing the democratic debate witha more engaged and informed public, thus providing better conditions forcollective choices on scientific issues relating to sustainable management,conservation of ecosystem integrity and biodiversity of the marine environment.

GAP2 was about making a difference to an issue of significance to the whole of society; the wellbeingof the marine environment and the sustainability of fisheries upon whichsociety depends for food. It continued the relationships, processes and plansmade in GAP1 by enabling Mobilization and Mutual Learning (MML) actions thatpromoted stakeholder participation in the debate and development of researchknowledge and structures relevant to emerging policy on fisheries and themarine environment. The aims were to promote and enable processes for open andeffective participation of stakeholders in research and management, demonstratethrough specific examples and critical evaluation the role and value ofstakeholder driven science in the governance of fisheries and the marineenvironment. DTU Aqua was the case study leader of one of the selected cases of GAP2.

Find full list of participants at the website of GAP2.

These projects were coordinated by the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science, UK.

The projects were funded by EU, Framework Programme 7.


  • Research areas: Marine Living Ressources & Population Genetics & Fisheries Management
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