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Sharing responsibilities in fisheries management

The research carried out by this project will provide different alternatives for the division of responsibilities resulting from the Common Fisheries Policy's (CFP's) Conservation and Structural Policy and in the fisheries management of five European Union countries and Norway. These alternatives will be based upon an evaluation of the current division of responsibilities, whereby perceptions of different stakeholders will be taken into account. The process towards more stakeholder involvement will be explored and external pressures upon responsibility chains will be assessed.

Objectives
The objective of this project is to research aims to contribute to good governance in fisheries management by:
1) evaluating the division of responsibilities within the CFP and in the fisheries management of Denmark, France, Netherlands, Spain, the United Kingdom and Norway
2) investigating decentralisation and delegation of responsibilities.
The point of departure is an elaboration of a framework for institutional analysis, based upon the institutional framework that has been used in the OECD study 'Towards sustainable fisheries'. The completed common framework will then be used to describe the division of responsibilities within the CFP and in the fisheries management of Denmark, France, Netherlands, Spain, the United Kingdom and Norway. Developments in the structure of these responsibilities will also be described.
Comparison of these responsibility divisions between the countries mentioned above should give more insight into nation specific (for example, socio-cultural) circumstances and this will contribute to the evaluation of current divisions of responsibilities. Identifying perceptions of stakeholders in the fisheries management in these countries about the responsibility chains will be another component of this evaluation.
If the outcome of this evaluation justifies changes, alternative divisions of responsibilities will be suggested. A process towards these alternatives will be explored and external pressures upon responsibility chains will be assessed. This includes external pressures arising from technological developments and from the markets.
A final report will be completed that will be published in the public domain and policy briefs will be composed that should bring the conclusions and recommendations closer to the parties concerned in fisheries management.

Progress to Date
1) Completed common framework of analysis
2) Interim report containing division of responsibilities
3) Interim report containing comparison and evaluation of responsibility structures
4) Interim report containing conditions for devolved management and, if justified, alternatives for division of responsibilities
5) Final report.

Results
The common framework of analysis has been worked out in detail. Through a description of the general fisheries and policy context in the relevant countries and the study of two case studies in each country (in conjunction with an analysis of the CFP), a description and analysis of the European division of responsibilities in fisheries management was elaborated. A comparison and evaluation of responsibility structures was developed and discussions with stakeholders on the division of responsibilities in fisheries management in the countries are underway. The project has resulted in an array of publications both in the national press, as well as in the international arena.

Classified in CAP AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT, FISHERIES AND AQUACULTURE

Scientist responsible for the project

Mr L.J.W. VANHOOF
Burgemeester Patijnlaan 19 Box 29703
2505 LS Den Haag
Netherlands (The) - NL

Phone: +31 703358307
Fax: +31 703615624
E-mail: luc.vanhoof@wur.nl

References

Project ID QLRT-2000-01998
Organisation LEI B.V.
Area 5.1.1
Start date 01 January 2002
Duration (months) 36
Total cost 985 106 €
Total EC contribution   567 622 €
Status Completed

The partners

  • INSTITUTE FOR FISHERIES MANAGEMENT AND COASTAL COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT, Denmark - DK
    ifm@ifm.dk
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