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[ PROJECTS ] group include the lack of direct contact and communication between scientists and fishermen (e.g. lack of easy-to-read scientific papers), and the poor dissemination of scientific information at the EU level.

Greater involvement of fishers in data collection mooted More scientific knowledge is needed to assess the interaction between species. In multi-stock fisheries the state of one stock influences the others and different fishing nations have different interests. The time lag (about one year) between the scientific assessment and actual fishing creates disagreements between fishermen and scientists. The provision of funding for surveys of multi-species fisheries (involving fishermen) could be a possible solution. To sum up, participants agreed that most of the issues related to the Baltic Sea region are due to a lack of communication between different stakeholder groups (e.g. fishermen, scientists, governments, regional

organisations and the EU) and that the dialogue between these groups needs to be improved. They also felt that EU regulations were too complicated and detailed and do not address the specificity of the region. A more flexible decision making process is desirable; this will enable faster reaction to changes in the fish stocks. In many countries the scientific community lacks sufficient funding for the data collection and therefore greater involvement from fishermen in this process would be welcome. The Baltic Sea RPSE provided an opportunity for reflection: additional stakeholders were identified during the meeting, and the analysis will continue during the following months in order to encompass all interested groups and establish new contacts. The outcomes will be widely disseminated and stakeholders will be invited to the final partnering event of the project, to take place by the end of 2014. Visit www.comfish.eu for updates from the project. Anca Sfetcovici, Eurofish anca.sfetcovici@eurofish.dk

EcoFishMan project meeting, Ancona, Italy, 20-21 March 2013

Project evaluated as ambitious The EcoFishMan project meeting was followed by a Mediterranean stakeholder workshop where the main elements of the fisheries management system being developed in the project were presented and discussed. The debate showed that some of the management models currently being used in the Mediterranean resemble the result-based management system being developed by EcoFishMan.

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wenty-nine project members and five external advisors were gathered in Ancona for the second annual meeting in Ancona 20 March. Two external speakers made introductory speeches: Andy Payne from CEFAS talked about “The importance of involving stakeholders in commissioning and implementing fishery and ecosystem scientific research: experiences from the UK Fisheries Science Partnership”. Lucia M. Fanning from Dalhousie University in Canada made a speech titled “Demonstrating the practical application of the LME Governance Framework in the Wider Caribbean”.

Adjustments to be made to all work packages The outcome of the work packages was then presented and the external advisors evaluated the work and gave advice. In general the project was evaluated very ambitious and the integration was very impressive. The project is on the right track but there were important adjustments and corrections to be made in all work packages. The second day a Mediterranean stakeholder workshop was held by CNR-ISMAR, which drew sixteen stakeholders. They represented key national and international actors, covering the whole fisheries value chain from fishermen and fisheries associations to authorities and NGOs. The EcoFishMan partners introduced the project, the core elements of the new fisheries management system and the results from the Icelandic, Portuguese and North Sea case studies. 34

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Identifying challenges is easier than solving them Antonello Sala, CNR-ISMAR, led the meeting and provided an updated overview of the fisheries in the Mediterranean. The selection of the Geographical Sub-Area (GSA) 17 for the case study was based on its features as a “scaled down” Mediterranean which included multispecific fisheries, shared stocks, enclosed basin, etc. The debate during the workshop was lively analysing the feasibility of implementing a responsive fisheries management system in the Mediterranean as well as the current organisations and actors who could play central roles in the system. The final report of the event will soon be released, but some relevant conclusions are summarised here: –

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In the Mediterranean there are current management models which resemble the result-based management system of EcoFishMan, for example, the pelagic trawl management plan. Stakeholders find it easier to diagnose the problems and challenges of the fisheries than to identify clear outcome targets. The development of the EcoFishMan Mediterranean Management Plan would allow for further debate and exchange of best practices between current management strategies and the potential tools implicit in the RFMS.

For further information about the stakeholder workshops please contact: Jose Luis Santiago, E-mail: jsantiago@cetmar.org www.eurofishmagazine.com

Eurofish magazine 3 2013  

This issue covers Romania and reviews the ESE in Brussels. The Aquaculture section looks at new candidate species.

Eurofish magazine 3 2013  

This issue covers Romania and reviews the ESE in Brussels. The Aquaculture section looks at new candidate species.