GAP2 International Symposium Presentations

In February 2015, GAP2 held its International Symposium in Barcelona, to bring together all that had been learnt throughout the last four years of the project, and to discuss participatory research and collaboration in fisheries management. Delegates not only heard from those who had played a role throughout the project, but also those involved in participatory research all over the world. Below are links to some of the presentation that took place during the symposium:


Welcome Speech: Participatory Research & Co-management in FisheriesSteven Mackinson. GAP2 Coordinator.

Steven’s welcome speech to delegates attending the symposium. He covers the essential topic of what defines participatory research, and is able to portray GAP2’s work through an amusing fable on the subject.


Robert Stephenson participatin in a workshop (c)   Katrina Borrow

Robert Stephenson participatin in a workshop (c) Katrina Borrow

Keynote addressRobert StephensonCanadian Fisheries Research Network.

 Robert provides a useful description of participatory research and collaboration in this speech. Amongst other topics, Robert looks into the research methods industry can be involved in, and the partnerships that can ensue from these research collaborations. He provides examples of this, with GAP2 and CFRN being at the forefront of these participatory methods. He finishes by coining the phrase “Let’s take up the GAP2 challenge!”, something we hope all our delegates feel inspired to do.


Canada and CollaborationKevin Squires. Canadian Fisheries Research Network.

Kevin discusses how he is involved with the CFRN and the projects he has worked on, including that of a lobster fishery. He highlights the importance of sustainable fisheries management for future generations.

Antonio Scarafino (c) Katrina Borrow

Antonio Scarafino (c) Katrina Borrow

Participatory research in a lake fisheryAlfred Sandström, Rolf Gustavsson, Johnny Norrgård & Malin Setzer. Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU).

 Alfred presents on the Swedish GAP2 case study looking into the creation of a selective white fish fishery in Lake Vättern , supported by a fisheries co-management group. He goes into detail about stock structure, selectivity trials, and the group’s experiences of collaboration and adopting participatory research methods.

Participatory Research in Action: Reducing Seabird BycatchRory Crawford. BirdLife International Marine Programme. 

Rory discusses BirdLife’s experience of participatory research in fisheries, which mainly focuses around their work on the Albatross Task Force, which works to reduce seabird bycatch. He delves into how industry participation is crucial, how they built a relationship with those involved and the collection of data. Rory finished his presentation with future steps and how the GAP2 project has played a role in furthering research into gillnet fisheries bycatch.

Mapping Baltic Fisheries in Support of Maritime Spatial Planning – From Planning For Society to Planning with SocietyRobert Aps. Estonian Marine Institute, University of Tartu.

In this presentation, Robert describes the GAP2 project’s Estonian case study. Amongst other topics, he discusses the ecosystem approach, explains the methods of maritime spatial planning, and presents this topic within the context of Parnu Bay, within the Baltic Sea, where the Estonian GAP2 case study is based.

A Tale of Hope: From Commercial Fisheries to Size-Based Community Management…and Back AgainJeremy Prince. Biospherics P/L.

Jeremy’s presentation focuses on methods he has developed across a lifetime of research in the fisheries sector to enable artisanal fishing communities to generate their own stock assessments, through assessing the spawning age of different fish species.

Some Questions for the Panel (c) Katrina Borrow

Some Questions for the Panel (c) Katrina Borrow

Participatory Research in Action, From My PerspectivePablo Pita Orduna. Universidade da Coruña, Spain.

In this presentation Pablo, GAP2’s Galicia case Study leader, looks at the lessons learned throughout the project’s lifetime. He discusses fishers’ perspectives on collaboration in fisheries management, various methods applied to complete his participatory research, and stumbling blocks along the way.


The experience of co-management of the Chilean benthic fisheriesMiriam Fernandez. Pontifical Universidad Catolica de Chile.

In this presentation, Miriam looks into Chilean benthic fisheries and the method of co-management in great depth.

Keynote Speech: Co-management – the Global ContextDr Nicolas Gutiérrez. Marine Stewardship Council.

Nicolas looked into fisheries co-management from a global perspective. He highlighted how widespread co-management is across the globe, and looked at three particular case studies to examine the subject in more detail. He finished by covering what the challenges of this method are, along with its benefits.

Francesc Benaiges, Antoni Abad and Mauricio Pulido (c) Katrina Borrow

Francesc Benaiges, Antoni Abad and Mauricio Pulido (c) Katrina Borrow

The Catalan Co-Management Experience: Shrimp, Sand Eel and HakeFrancesc Benaiges, Mauricio Pulido and Antoni Abad. Fishers Organisation of Palamós, Fishermen’s Association Arenys de Mar, Fishery Association of Roses, Spain. 

This presentation facilitated a moderated conversation on Catalan fisheries within the Mediterranean. They highlighted what they thought the issues were surrounding fisheries management, and looked into how participatory research methods were adopted by different regional fisheries to help overcome these issues.

If you have any queries, or would like any more information on what was presented at the GAP2 International Symposium, please do not hesitate to contact Katrina Borrow. Remember, to keep an eye of GAP2 Project developments and to follow us on Twitter @GAP2_Project

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