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Fisheries and Aquaculture
Fisheries and Aquaculture - Towards sustainable development of fishing and aquaculture activities
“To enable greater stakeholder participation in cost-effective and robust fishery management.”

The problem

Hitherto, European fishery management has followed a centralised ‘command and control’ regime that is widely regarded among stakeholders as having been less effective than it could have been in terms of biological and economic sustainability. A number of innovative approaches to fisheries management have been implemented in other developed countries that involve, among other things, greater stakeholder participation in management decisions, longer-term planning horizons, clearer and stronger access rights, and different techniques for controlling fishing activities. These innovations are available for implementation should the EU choose to do so, but a thorough study of the various options needs to be conducted first.

CEVIS  Evaluating alternative, participatory management models for EU fisheries


CEVIS will take a multi-disciplinary approach to assessing potential innovations for EU fishery management regimes with respect to four general management objectives:

  • Biological robustness
  • Economic efficiency
  • The cost-effectiveness of management activities
  • Social robustness, understood as both the legal conformity and general acceptability of the innovations

The project will focus on global case-studies exemplifying four management systems that are receiving the most attention in current discussions: participatory approaches to fisheries governance, rights-based regimes, effort-control regimes, decision-rule systems.

Contribution to policy development:

  • Develop a single framework for evaluating the extent to which any given management system will contribute positively to attaining Common Fisheries
    Policy objectives
  • Provide managers with a range of options for implementing cost-effective management systems with stakeholder participation
  • Help fishery managers to be better informed of the ecological, social and economic consequences of implementing any particular management regime

Project deliverables

  • Annual progress report – November 2006
  • Mid-term reports – April 2007
  • Project topic reviews – May 2008
  • Book: Evaluation of regime-level innovations for use in EU fishery management –
    November 2008
  • Final reports – May 2009


  • Establish website and publish newsletter – May 2006
  • Publication in appropriate international peer-review journals – ongoing

Technical information

Project acronym: CEVIS
Project’s official full title: Comparative Evaluations of Innovative Solutions in European fisheries management
Research priority: 1.3. Modernisation and sustainability of fisheries, including aquaculture-based production systems
Specific webpage: Details not yet available
Proposal/contract no: 022686
Start date: 1 November 2005
Kick off meeting: November 2005
Completion date: 31 October 2008
European Commission scientific officer: Snorri Rúnar Pálmason,

Douglas Wilson
Name: Institute for Fisheries Management and Coastal Community Development
Abbreviated name: IFM
Address: North Sea Centre
Willemoesvej 2
P.O. Box 104
DK-9850 Hirtshals
Country: Denmark
Tel: +45 98 94 28 55
Fax: +45 98 94 42 68


Name: Food and Resource Economics Institute
Abbreviated name: FOI
Country: Denmark

Name: Fisheries Research Service
Abbreviated name: FRS
Country: United Kingdom

Name: Danish Institute for Fisheries Research
Abbreviated name: DIFRES
Country: Denmark

Name: Norwegian College of Fishery Science, University of Tromsø
Abbreviated name: NFH
Country: Norway

Name: Department of Political Science, Luleå University of Technology
Abbreviated name: LTU
Country: Sweden

Name: Institute of Marine Research
Abbreviated name: IMR
Country: Norway

Name: Joint Research Centre
Abbreviated name: JRC
Country: EU

Name: Sea Fisheries Institute in Gdynia
Abbreviated name: SFIG
Country: Poland

Name: Fundación AZTI
Abbreviated name: AZTI
Country: Spain

Name: Öko-Institut
Abbreviated name: OKO
Country: Germany

Name: Netherlands Institute for Fisheries Research
Abbreviated name: RIVO
Country: Netherlands