Fishing grounds hold value far beyond their economic prospects. To ensure that the Northeast Atlantic is managed in a way that truly represents its rich and diverse potential, CABFISHMAN takes a holistic approach to the assessment of the socioeconomic importance of the region.
Our approach involves:
We aim to ensure that co-management prioritises the needs of fishermen and all those dependent on the small-scale fishing industry, whether for food, employment or cultural identity.
By taking a total view of the economic, social, cultural and environmental value of both marine ecosystems and fisheries we will be able to make relevant recommendations for management. These recommendations will be people-focused, allowing for best practice in policy making and ecosystem management.
Lead partner: University of Huelva
An in-depth assessment of the economic, social, biological, and cultural benefits of a healthy ecosystem in the Northeast Atlantic will enable us to make recommendations for ecosystem-led fisheries management.
CABFISHMAN is led by our project coordinators, who ensure that progress is effective, relevant and on-target. This team maintains communication channels between all parties, ensuring that tangible co-management and ecosystem-based objectives can be delivered.
To understand practices used by small-scale fisheries across the Northeast Atlantic, we are analysing and evaluating existing fisheries data to create a resource for all stakeholders in the form of a map depicting small-scale fisheries activity.