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The SOCIOEC is a FP7-KBBE-2011-5 project under KBBE.2011.1.2-10: Socio-economic effects of the main management principles of the future CFP: impact of new policy framework and opportunities for the fishing sector to develop self- and co-management.

In the first step the project will develop a coherent and consistent set of objectives for fisheries management, which will address ecological, economic and social sustainability targets. The objectives should be consistent with the aims of the CFP, MSFD and other EU directives, but they should also be understandable by stakeholders and the community and engage their support. This leads to the proposal of a number of potential management measures, based on existing or new approaches.

The second step will be to analyze the incentives for compliance provided by these measures through examination of fisher’s responses to and perceptions of measures (based on historical analysis), direct consultation and interviews, and how the governance of the measures should operate. The project focuses on the interpretation of overarching (i.e. EU) objectives in local and regional contexts.

Finally, the project will examine the impact of the measures that emerge from this process, particularly in terms of their economic and social impacts on the industry and the wider community. All this requires a generic analysis of the wide range of current and emerging measures in the current CFP and possible measures introduced in the future. This requires interdisciplinary work across a range of scientific disciplines (economics, social and natural sciences).

DTU Aqua is involved in the North Sea and Baltic case studies and in the project Steering Group. Under the North Sea case study DTU Aqua will focus on analyses of catch quotas compared to landing quotas in mixed consume fisheries including discard processes in relation hereto. Also, the North Sea small meshed pelagic fisheries will be addressed in relation to efficient management of those. For the Baltic case study, DTU Aqua evaluations will focus on evaluation of spatial management measures among other in relation to NATURA 2000 areas and e.g. implementation of larger marine constructions.

The aim is to evaluate success and failures of these management measures, and aims to draw conclusions on which measures would be best introduced in which circumstances, possibly on a regional basis. Possibilities for introduction of self- and co-management elements are basic research areas and questions addressed. In the CFP we have to distinguish between the basic, overarching regulations of the EU or regional seas level and the specific and local management by Member States in sea areas where self- and co-management schemes are often already informally in place. Here the cooperation with the RACS is essential to derive overall objectives applicable for the CFP based on the ecological, economic and social drivers. This will overall be a generic and cross regional process in order to reconsider management at more regional or local levels, e.g. operational fisheries management involving certain levels of co-management on a regional level. This process involves to: (i) investigate how the objectives regarding ecological, economic and social sustainability can be defined in the short term and ensures the long-term sustainability and viability of fisheries; (ii) analyze which management measures and at what organization level, create the right incentives to tackle structural failings in the CFP with focus on technical measures, command and control instruments (TACs, quotas, effort), market instruments (transferability of collective or individual rights) and social instruments (self- or co-management possibilities); (iii) determine the socio-economic and spatial effects of these management measures.

The project has 30 project participants from European universities and National Fisheries Economics and Fisheries Research Institutes as well as SMEs.

The project is coordinated by Institute of Sea Fisheries, Johann Heinrich von Thünen Federal Research Institute for Rural Areas, Forestry and Fisheries, Germany.


  • Research area: Fisheries Management
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