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.
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.
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.