A scientific decision-support tool for the development of a management plan in the Celtic Sea - Study
This is the final and consolidated report of the European Commission funded research project "Scientific support for the development of a management plan in the Celtic Sea" (DAMARA) (Contract Number MARE/2012/22 Lot 1 - SI2.658980). This project arose from a North Western Waters Advisory Council initiative to develop a mixed-fisheries management plan for the Celtic Sea and a parallel initiative by the European Association of Fish Producer Organisations (EAPO) to improve selectivity in the demersal fisheries in that area. During these processes, the scientific advisors and stakeholder... collectively identified a key knowledge vacuum when trying to assess the biological and economic impact of different types of management interventions. This hindered the identification of the specific details or parameters (e.g. mesh size, area closure) of any given management intervention and resulted in many questions, particularly from the catching sector as how different interventions may affect their economic performance while trying to achieve the objectives of reducing unwanted catches and broader mixed-fisheries goals. This “knowledge vacuum” was identified as a primary barrier when trying to identify the operational elements and make progress with both initiatives. These issues were further discussed with the European Commission, who agreed with the synopsis and agreed to provide financial support to resource the development of approaches that could be used to fill such knowledge vacuum and led to the development of this “decision support tool”.
- Corporate author(s): Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (European Commission)
- Personal author(s): Graham, Norman Themes: Fisheries policy
- Subject: Atlantic Ocean, catch by species, decision-making, environmental impact, exploitation of the seas, fishery management, fishery research, fishing industry