Proceedings of the Eighteenth Biennial Conference of the International Institute of Fisheries Economics and Trade, held July 11-15, 2016 at Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Center (AECC), Aberdeen, Scotland, UK.
Suggested Bibliographic Reference: Challenging New Frontiers in the Global Seafood Sector: Proceedings of the Eighteenth Biennial Conference of the International Institute of Fisheries Economics and Trade, July 11-15, 2016. Compiled by Stefani J. Evers and Ann L. Shriver. International Institute of Fisheries Economics and Trade (IIFET), Corvallis, 2016.
Around the world, there are numerous examples of collaborative science -industry partnerships, which provide a bottom up approach to trawl gear development. Many have had better success in implementing selective gears as opposed to a top down approach where selective gears are enforced into legislation. On the other hand, such bottom-up approaches cannot easily flourish when fisheries are constrained by stringent technical rules. Experiences are being conducted in Denmark to develop pragmatic and cost-effective institutional arrangements, which could enhance the exploration of technical solutions by the industry by ensuring a fast and transparent procedure for their legal agreement. Learning from previous experiences, such a procedure is being designed and tested, that would allow for a rapid and objective appraisal of fishers' suggestions ("fast-tracking"), including a combination of simulation testing, self-sampling and verification under scientific conditions. In this talk, we present the progresses achieved so far to develop this procedure. We highlight the institutional, legal, scientific and socio-cultural constraints that frame the criteria to evaluate fishers' ideas, and we discuss how such a procedure can potentially contribute to a diversification of the gears used, and increase fishers' ownership over those gears, all while sustaining a biologically sound and rentable fishery under the new Common Fishery Policy.