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SEAwise Report on the key social and economic aspects of regional fisheries

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posted on 06.10.2022, 06:36 authored by Angelos Plataniotis, Anna RindorfAnna Rindorf, Phoebe Koundouri, Artemis Stratopoulou, Nis Sand JacobsenNis Sand Jacobsen, Elliot John BrownElliot John Brown, Francois BastardieFrancois Bastardie, Marie Savina-Rolland, Sonia Sánchez-Maroño, Marga Andrés, Dorleta Garcia, Sebastian Uhlmann, David Reid, Giovanni Romagnoni, Maria Teresa Spedicato, Giuseppe Lembo, Isabella Bitetto, Angelos Liontakis, Celia Vassilopoulou, Nadia Papadopoulou, Marc Taylor, Alexander Kempf, Vanessa Stelzenmüller, Jochen Depestele, Katell Hamon, Marloes Kraan, Simon Northridge, Angela Muench, Rüdiger Voss, Søren Qvist Eliasen, Frangoudes, Katia, Michael Heath, Nadia Moalla, Paco Melià, Jan Jaap Poos, Logan Binch

Fishing is a human activity with various social and economic implications. In most countries, those implications are key factors to consider when deciding on specific management strategies. In this report, the fisheries management strategies implemented in the different European marine regions are reviewed, and relevant indicators, models and tools that can be used to predict the effectiveness of these strategies, from a social and economic point of view are identified. The objective was to identify the critical social and economic aspects of fisheries,  relevant social and economic indicators, and regionally‐relevant management measures to be considered in the evaluations of different management strategies later in the project.  

The scoping consultations and systematic reviews identified a long list of potentially relevant key social and economic aspects and management measures. Among these, the most frequently mentioned items identified in scoping with stakeholders were windfarms, employment/jobs, MPAs, food supply, small-scale fisheries, local communities and pollution. The systematic review identified landings (volume or value), effort (days at sea), fuel costs, number of vessels, profit, aspects of costs, economic performance, sustainability-resilience, compliance and capacity as frequently occurring topics. The fisheries management policies most frequently mentioned were effort control, landing obligation, Individual Transferable Quota (ITQ), MPAs and TAC. Among the papers analyzed, more than 30%, concerned the Mediterranean region, followed by Western Waters, the North Sea and the Baltic Sea, indicating a higher contribution of Mediterranean studies to the conclusions. Aspects identified frequently in both scoping and in systematic reviews included MPAs and small-scale fisheries, which were all identified in both methods as frequently occurring. However, there were also aspects which appeared to be represented differently in the evaluations (e.g. employment and local communities) indicating discrepancies between the available knowledge and that sought by the end users.

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