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WP3 Overview

Operational Instruments and Adaptive Management

WP3    Objectives

  • Inventory the tools available to manage the fisheries and the policies and mechanisms which trigger
    their use (e.g. for conservation or socio-economic reasons).
  • Assess the effectiveness and acceptability of the tools. 
  • Consider how adaptive management could be implemented.
  • Identify and list the existing economic, social and ecosystem policies operating within the European
    Union which affect the fisheries and fisheries dependent communities and their policy requirements.
    Match the tools identified in Objective 2 with the policy requirements.


Description of work

The choice of tools and strategies used to make an ecosystem approach operational requires dialogue
between the individual actors and the institutional framework (between first- and second- order governing) for
it to be successful. Top-down policy making (hierarchical governance) often leads to a lack of transparency,
high information, monitoring and enforcement costs, as well as discontentment and a lack of compliance on
the part of the fishing industry (McCay, 1995; van Ginkel, 2005). Whilst the mechanisms for this dialogue,
and the acceptability of the management tools, will be investigated in WP1, the ‘tool box’ available and how
the tools are used will be investigated in WP3. The focus is on evaluating and integrating tools that take
explicit account of multiple objectives in fisheries lending themselves to ecosystem based management.


A technical report

WP Lead Institute: UiT

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