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Fisheries and Aquaculture
Fisheries and Aquaculture - Towards sustainable development of fishing and aquaculture activities
“Extracting the maximum benefits through effective dissemination from EU-funded fisheries projects.”

The problem

Considerable time, effort and resources are invested each year in fishery-related research projects but there is widespread concern that the benefit of this investment is not fully realised. There is a continual need to review how information is disseminated and taken up by those whom the research is intended to benefit. The Commission has funded a number of projects, including AQUAFLOW and PROFET, which were aimed at improving the dissemination and increasing the uptake of EU-funded project results. Now this approach needs to be taken to the next step.

PROFET POLICY  Spreading the word on EU-funded fisheries research


PROFET POLICY will build a platform for the communication and dissemination of EU-funded research projects in fisheries and aquaculture. It will:

  • Employ modern communication methods to facilitate the flow of information, focussing on policy-relevant results, to a wide range of stakeholders
  • Organise complementary workshops on a thematic and regional basis to promote an exchange of views between aquaculture producers, fishers, scientists, policy-makers and other stakeholders
  • Distribute widely the individual and complete workshop proceedings

Contribution to policy development:

  • PROFET POLICY aims to increase the benefits to all stakeholders from EU-funded project results
  • The PROFET POLICY partner organisations include key players in producing scientific advice for fisheries-related issues and members of institutions, such as the Advisory Committee for Fisheries and Aquaculture. This will provide a direct link between project conclusions and policy formulation
  • Participation in ACFA, and other influential bodies or institutions, will provide informed discussion on current policy and research needs in support of fisheries
    and aquaculture
  • The project linkages established between industry, research and the EU will increase the transparency of policy development

Project deliverables

  • Report: Review of background policy and project research documents – February 2006 (ongoing)
  • Announcement of dates and places for nine thematic workshops – June 2006
  • Reports: proceedings of workshops – within 3 months of each workshop
  • Annual project report and newsletter – January 2007, 2008, December 2008
  • Project final report – December 2008


  • Establish project website facilities; publish newsletter – March 2006 (ongoing)
  • Technical leaflets for wide distribution to fishery and aquaculture stakeholders – ongoing
  • Presentations made to professional, trade and policy meetings – as necessary

Technical information

Project acronym: PROFET POLICY
Project’s official full title: Fish Policy Flow
Research priority: 1.3. Modernisation and sustainability of fisheries, including aquaculture-based production systems
Specific webpage: Details not yet available
Proposal/contract no: 022771
Start date: 1 November 2005
Kick off meeting: January 2006
Completion date: 31 December 2008
European Commission scientific officer: Mário Lopes dos Santos-

Courtney Hough
Name: Federation of European Aquaculture Producers
Abbreviated name: FEAP
Address: Rue Nicolas Fossoul 54
B-4100 Boncelles
Country: Belgium
Tel: +32 4 338 2995
Fax: +32 4 337 9846


Name: European Aquaculture Society
Abbreviated name: EAP
Country: Belgium

Name: International Council for the Exploration of the Sea
Abbreviated name: ICES
Country: Denmark

Name: International Organisation for the Development of Fisheries in Eastern and Central Europe
Abbreviated name: Eurofish
Country: Denmark

Name: European Association of Fisheries Producer Organisations
Abbreviated name: EAPO
Country: Belgium

Name: AquaTT-UETP
Abbreviated name: AquaTT
Country: Ireland