Fisheries will only ever be as successful as the ecosystems in which they operate. Natural capital may – amongst other things – encompass a region’s potential for resources, employment, mitigation of climate change, recreation and culture. In accordance with CABFISHMAN’s ecosystem-based approach, this area of work seeks to evaluate the impact of small-scale fisheries on the Northeast Atlantic’s natural capital and safeguard its biodiversity.
To do this, we are developing ways to categorise the impacts that small-scale fishing activity has on ecosystem welfare. Ultimately, this categorisation system will be applied to various habitats and specific methods of fishing.
We will achieve this through the following process:
Through our natural capital work, CABFISHMAN enables policy makers and industry representatives to operate in a way that ensures the integrity of habitats and sustainability of fishing resources in the long term, while generating significant environmental benefits to the ecosystem as a whole.
Lead partner: Portuguese Institute for the Ocean and Atmosphere
Our analysis looks beyond fisheries as a source of food to consider their natural and cultural heritage values, allowing stakeholders to account for the real socioeconomic impact of fisheries and marine ecosystems across the region.
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.