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
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.
We are designing an interactive tool which will allow users to describe and map small scale-fishing activity. By placing the Northeast Atlantic’s small-scale fishing within a wider context, this tool will facilitate fisheries management, education, public awareness, and habitat protection.
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.