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REDCAFE
Reducing the conflict between cormorants and fisheries on a pan-European scale

The purpose of REDCAFE is to synthesise current cormorant and fishery information, and to identify and evaluate methods of reducing the current Europe-wide conflict between conservationists and fisheries' interests. It will bring together, for the first time, stakeholders (commercial/recreational fisheries, bird conservation organisations, fishery scientists and avian ecologists) to discuss and report these issues in a rigorous, coordinated and equitable manner. Potential management tools will be identified and evaluated, and a multiple criteria decision model will be developed and applied to a specific conflict case study. Full information will be disseminated at local, national and European levels.

Objectives
The objective of this project is to synthesise the current information on:
1) cormorant conflict issues (e.g. location, financial cost, magnitude, information used by stakeholders to inform themselves) as considered by the four main stakeholder groups: recreational anglers, commercial fishermen, fish farmers and nature conservationists
2) cormorant ecology, i.e. those aspects leading to conflicts
3) cormorant management techniques across Europe (locations, efficacy, practicability, cost, etc.).
Dialogue will also be engaged with local stakeholders over a specific cormorant conflict issue (recreational angling in England) through a facilitated participatory workshop.

Progress to Date
The work has been completed. Twenty-five countries joined REDCAFE during the 24 months of the project and each one contributed to all the work packages. The final report is currently being written.

Results
The major milestones were a cormorant fisheries conflict workshop on cormorant ecology and mnagement tools. This established a framework for improved communication and information transfer.

Classified in FISHERIES AND AQUACULTURE, QUANTITATIVE APPROACHES AND MODELLING

Scientist responsible for the project

Dr DAVID CARSS
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Banchory Research Station
AB31 ABY Banchory
United Kingdom (The) - GB

Phone: +44 1330 826324
Fax: +44 1330 823303
E-mail: d.carss@ceh.ac.uk

References

Project ID QLRT-1999-31387
Organisation Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)
Area 5.1.2
Start date 01 October 2000
Duration (months) 24
Total cost 349 014 €
Total EC contribution   400 000 €
Status Completed
Web address of the project   http://www.nerc.ac.uk/

The partners

  • Institute of Terrestrial Ecology (Centre for Ecology and Hydrology ), United Kingdom (The) - GB
    d.carss@ite.ac.uk
  • EUROPEAN ANGLERS ALLIANCE, France - FR
  • National Environmental Research Institute, Denmark - DK
    tb@dmu.dk
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