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.
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.