The role of technical protocols and partnership engagement in developing a decision support framework for fisheries management

Type Article
Date 2018-10
Language English
Author(s) Macher ClaireORCID1, Bertignac MichelORCID2, Guyader OlivierORCID1, Frangoudes Katia3, Fresard Marjolaine3, Le Grand ChristelleORCID1, Merzereaud Mathieu1, Thebaud OlivierORCID1
Affiliation(s) 1 : Univ Brest, Ifremer, CNRS, UMR 6308,AMURE,Unite Econ Maritime,IUEM, F-29280 Plouzane, France.
2 : Ifremer, Unite Sci & Technol Halieut, Plouzane, France.
3 : Univ Brest, IUEM, Ifremer, CNRS,UMR 6308,AMURE, F-29280 Plouzane, France.
Source Journal Of Environmental Management (0301-4797) (Academic Press Ltd- Elsevier Science Ltd), 2018-10 , Vol. 223 , P. 503-516
DOI 10.1016/j.jenvman.2018.06.063
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Keyword(s) Participatory approach, Stakeholder engagement, Decision-support, Bio-economic modelling, Fisheries management, Impact assessment

In the context of the Common Fisheries Policy Reform, the implementation of multiannual management plans for fisheries and the annual quota negotiations between EU member states has generated a growing demand from stakeholders and managers for integrated advice that goes beyond the usual biological advice. This has led to the emergence of bio-economic tools and methods for the comparison of the biological, economic and social tradeoffs associated with alternative options for fisheries management. A Decision Support Framework (DSF) has been developed in this context, with the objective to tackle technical and methodological challenges to be able to provide bio-economic advices to support decision at national and European level. It is based on a partnership approach involving the fishing industry, managers and scientists and on technical protocols. We present the development of a partnership DSF within three local case studies, highlighting key challenges and lessons learnt regarding appropriateness and application of a DSF. The data processing methods and collaborative platform were pivotal for scoping out objectives and management options, and for aligning DSF outcomes with decision makers' needs and agendas. Definition of common standards and institutionalization of the use of partnership DSF are still required to operationalize the integrated advice process at national and European levels.

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Macher Claire, Bertignac Michel, Guyader Olivier, Frangoudes Katia, Fresard Marjolaine, Le Grand Christelle, Merzereaud Mathieu, Thebaud Olivier (2018). The role of technical protocols and partnership engagement in developing a decision support framework for fisheries management. Journal Of Environmental Management, 223, 503-516. Publisher's official version : , Open Access version :