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Multiple objectives in the management of EU fisheries

Contract nr: QLK5-CT-1999-01273
Project type: RS (Research and Technological Development Project)
Starting date: 01-01-2000
Duration: 36 months
Total cost: 1,014,089 EUR
EC Contribution: 880,102 EUR
Scientific Officer: Dominique LEVIEIL
Research topic: 5.4. Support for common policies (Common Agricultural/Fisheries Policy)

Abstract:
The CFP embodies multiple objectives (biological, economic and social) in its aims for the management of fisheries in EU waters. However, there has been significant criticism of the CFP concerning its effectiveness to these aims. The main reason for this is that important sectors of the industry feel that their best interests are not being taken account of when management policy is being defined. This project analyses the objective structure throughout EU fisheries, from the perspectives of all key players: managers, politicians, fishers, researchers and other interest groups. Objectives preferences and opinions from these groups are to be elicited. Multi-objective models will be developed and analysed to consider existing and future management soals for several case studies; English channel, North Sea and Spanish fisheries. The project is multi-disciplinary drawing on expertise from economics, mathematics, computer science and fisheries.

Objectives:

- Develop a multi-objective framework for analysis of fisheries management in line with the aims of the CFP.
- Define the objectives and criteria intrinsic to the fisheries management process and CFP, as well as other attributes and goals.
- Elicit preferences of the different interest groups with significant interests in the EU fisheries management process.
- Develop several case studies of EU fisheries (North Sea, English Channel and Spanish fisheries) to model the defined objectives and attributes using the elicited preferences.
- Analyse the results and trade-offs between the multi-objectives for all case studies to investigate the main question of how an optimally managed fishery would look from the perspectives of the groups individually, by country and EU-wide.


Coordinator
Simon MARDLE
University of Portsmouth-Higher Education Corporation
Portsmouth
UNITED KINGDOM
Tel.: +44 2392 844277
Fax: +44 2392 844037
E-mail: simon.mardle@port.ac.uk


Partners
  Jean BONCOEUR
Université de Bretagne Occidentale
Brest
FRANCE
Tel.: +33 2 980 16040
Fax: +33 2 980 16935
E-mail: president@univ-brest.fr
  Juan J. GARCIA-HOYO
Modelizacion Economica y Matematica de Pesquerias
Huelva
SPAIN
Tel.: +34 959 284625
Fax: +34 959 257593
E-mail: hoyo@uhu.es
  Erik LINDEBO
Danish Institute of Agricultural and Fisheries Economics
Valby (Copenhagen)
DENMARK
Tel.: +45 36133670
Fax: +45 36441110
E-mail: erik@sjfi.dk
  J. RAAKJAER NIELSEN
Institute for Fisheries Mangement
Hirtshals
DENMARK
Tel.: +45 98942855
Fax: +45 98944268
E-mail: jrn@ifm.dk