Spain Galicia Case Study

Spain Galicia Case Study

GAP2 is now in its last month of operation. Since its inception four years ago, GAP2 has been running 13 research case studies in 11 European countries. Each case study examines a different type of fishery utilises participatory research processes. We have now condensed our case studies into bite-sized chunks, summarising what each study entails, their aims,  and overall achievements.

Check out the full set of case study summaries below – or find them individually on each case study in-depth page. Enjoy! 

Spain – Galicia TURF Model - We want to expand the Territorial Use Rights in Fisheries (TURF) model and are working with the Federación Galega de Cofradías de Pescadores to do so. We collect fishers’ Traditional Ecological Knowledge and conduct a vessel monitoring program to integrate geographic information about habitats, species and seasonal fishing activity. To read the summary document of the case study click here.

Denmark – Herring Management - Our aim is to develop a tool which industry can use to predict the behaviour of the Western Baltic Herring stock, under a range of management scenarios. To do this, we want to establish a Long Term Management Plan (LTMP) for the species, through combining traditional knowledge with scientists’ understanding. To read the summary document of the case study click here.

Estonia – Marine Spatial Planning - This case study addresses the integration of the fisheries management into the Maritime Spatial Planning process in the Baltic Sea Region. To read the summary document of the case study click here.

France/Spain – Tuna FAD Fisheries - Our aim is for scientists and the fishing industry to jointly define best practice for using Fish Aggregating Devices (FADs), to ensure sustainable fisheries. To read the summary document of the case study click here.

Germany – Joint Fishery Management - Our aim is for local fishermen and scientists to work together to jointly manage a sustainable brown shrimp fishery in the Wadden Sea. To read the summary document of the case study click here.

Italy – Fish and Fishing Effort - The aim of the project is to understand fishing grounds in the Northern Adriatic, by collating fishermen’s knowledge and data from on board scientific observations, trawl surveys and literature and oceanographic models. To read the summary document of the case study click here.

Malta Case Study

Malta Case Study

Malta – Trawl Industry Management - Our aim is for fishermen and scientists to work together to gain a better understanding of the demersal resources of the Maltese Fishery Management Zone. To read the summary document of the case study click here.

Netherlands – Self-Sampling and Discards – Fishermen and scientists working together to improve information about discards in the Dutch flatfish fisheries. Collaboration between scientists and fishermen within self-sampling projects will improve fisheries catch data, include more fishers’ knowledge and improve communication and understanding between the two sectors. This in turn will help fisheries managers fine-tune their policy. To read the summary document of the case study click here.

Spain – Mediterranean Red Shrimp The aim of this case study is to identify the main recruitment areas and season for juvenile capture of the red shrimp Aristeus antennatus with the final objective of establishing a long term fishery police that will allow the fishery sector to conduct a sustainable exploitation of the most important fishery resource of our region. We hope to intergrate fishermen’s knowledge from long years of personal observation, with scientific ecological information gathered through years of scientific research projects. This joint effort encourages fishermen’s involvement in the future fishery management of this resource. To read the summary document of the case study click here.

Sweden – Selective Whitefish Fishery - Local fishermen and scientists working together to jointly develop a selective fishery for whitefish. Fishermen’s knowledge of fish behaviour and distribution will inform the development of the new fishery. The fishery will ultimately be co-managed by a group including representatives from all fisheries stakeholders, local and regional authorities, environment groups and researchers. To read a the summary document of the case study click here.

Norway Case Study

Norway Case Study

Norway – Monitoring Coastal Cod – Our overall aim is to develop a fisheries-based monitoring system for Norway’s coastal cod. The management of coastal cod is often controversial, causing heated discussions between scientists and fishers. But in this project, scientists and local fishers are cooperating to find out more about the coastal zone and how to overcome the challenges posed by the specie’s management. To read the summary document of the case study click here.

UK – Brown Crab Stocks - To produce a methodology that will enable the crab fishers to evaluate themselves the sustainability of the stock they exploit. Fishermen are distinctly aware of the movement patterns of crabs, and have ideas on what factors may be linked to changes to migration and behaviour. CEFAS bring the technological and analytic skills to be able to work with fishermen on tracking the movements of crabs and resolving more closely the factors that may influence crab behaviour. To read the summary document of the case study click here.

UK – Long-term Management Plans - To work with the North Sea Regional Advisory Council to develop Long Term Management Plans based on an ecosystem approach.  The work will focus on the North Sea mixed demersal fisheries for cod, haddock and whiting and use ecosystem models to identify and examine the ecological and management trade-offs of alternative plausible management approaches identified by the NSRAC. Management strategy evaluation procedures will help inform management decisions and yield scientific and policy relevant outcomes. An important challenge will be distilling the information (and uncertainties) from complex models into a readily communicable form. To read the summary document of the case study click here.

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