Italian and Galician GAP2 researchers exchange ideas

Spain. On the 28th, 30th and 31st of August, 2012, Dr. Pablo Pita Orduna, leader of the GAP2 Galicia case study, hosted Italian case study scientist Gianluca Franceschini in an informal workshop. The aim was to share information and methods connected to GAP2 and its core – bringing fishers, scientists and policy makers together.

What Happened

The first day of the workshop involved a visit to the IGAFA (Galician Institute of Aquaculture Training) installation in Illa de Arousa, Pontevedra, conducted by Dr. Gonzalo Pérez Benavente and Dr. Edgar Couto No. The focus of the visit was on the rearing of European lobster (Homarus gammarus) for restocking purposes, which is still on‐going in this region and about to start in Chioggia, the GAP2 site in Italy.

On the second day Gianluca held a brief presentation on the Italian case study to students and researchers at the University of La Coruña, the slides for which can be found below.

The third day was dedicated to the comparison of methodologies on how to capture traditional ecological knowledge. The scientists visited Galicia’s Marine Reserve of Fishing Interest Cedeira, guided by Vidal Duarte, the anthropologist who developed the methodology and daily work with the fishermen on the Galicia case study.

The reserve is managed with a bottom-up approach through collaboration between fishers and scientists, and this formed the basis for the mapping of its habitats and fishing grounds by gathering information from fishers and by means of onboard observers. Since this is also common procedure in the Italian case study, the scientists discussed and analysed the idea of setting a standard in the interview protocol that would allow between-case study comparison for similar fishing gears.



PDF of presentation given by Gianluca Franceschini.


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