Sustainability Impact Assessment (SIA) in fisheries: Implementation in EU fishing regions

Type Article
Date 2019-03
Language English
Author(s) Malvarosa Loretta1, Murillas Arantza2, Lehuta SigridORCID3, Nielsen J. Rasmus5, Macher ClaireORCID4, Goti Leyre6, Motova Arina7, 8, Doering Ralf6, Haraldson Gunnar9, Accadia Paolo1, Hamon Katell10, Bastardie Francois5, Maravelias Christos D.11, Mardle Simon12, 13, Thøgersen Thomas5
Affiliation(s) 1 : NISEA, Fishery and Aquaculture Research Organisation, Salerno, Italy
2 : AZTI, Txatxarramendi Ugartea z/g., E-48395 Sukarrieta, Bizkaia, Spain
3 : Ifremer, Fisheries Ecol and Modelling Unit, F-44311 Nantes 03, France
4 : Ifremer, University of Brest, CNRS, UMR 6308, AMURE, Unité d'Economie Maritime, IUEM, F-29280 Plouzane, France
5 : DTU Aqua – National Institute of Aquatic Resources Technical, University of Denmark, Lyngby, Denmark
6 : Thünen-Institute of Sea Fisheries, Bremerhaven, Germany
7 : Joint Research Centre, Directorate D - Sustainable Resources, Unit D.02 Water and Marine Resources, Ispra, Italy
8 : Sea Fish Industry Authority, EH7 4HS Edinburgh, UK
9 : IoES, The Institute of Economic Studies, University of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland
10 : Wageningen University and Research, Wageningen Economic Research, The Hague, the Netherlands
11 : HCMR, Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, Attiki, Anavyssos, Greece
12 : Fishor Consulting, Portsmouth, UK
13 : FRO, Department of Food and Resource Economics, Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Source Marine Policy (0308-597X) (Elsevier BV), 2019-03 , Vol. 101 , P. 63-79
DOI 10.1016/j.marpol.2018.11.039
WOS© Times Cited 10
Keyword(s) Impact assessment, Fishery management, Effectiveness, Coherence, Acceptability, Sustainability

An Impact Assessment (IA) is a process aimed at structuring and supporting the development of policies. Besides the fact that IA assumes different features when applied to different sectors, really it should help policy makers in evaluating the contribution to the fisheries sustainability of new regulations. The recent improvements and development around the IA methodologies go more and more toward the concept of a Sustainability Impact Assessment (SIA). The evolution of IA in the fishery sector has followed the general and increasing need in having a more and more integrated type of analysis, focusing on the three dimensions of sustainability (environmental, economic and social). This paper synthesizes the methodology developed under the EU FP7 SOCIOEC project,1 whose main objective was the application of the most recent EU guidelines on IA to the current (and future) EU fishery management. The result is an integrated approach taking into account the main pillars of sustainability and a strong stakeholders’ involvement. A clear step-by-step procedure based on both qualitative and quantitative type of analyses has been defined, the last step being the “rating” phase, an essential step in a SIA, that provides the possibility to assess the results of different policy options (allowing policy makers to select the most appropriate one) in terms of acceptability, effectiveness, coherence and efficiency. The overall methodology has been tested on different EU regions, fisheries and management measures.

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Malvarosa Loretta, Murillas Arantza, Lehuta Sigrid, Nielsen J. Rasmus, Macher Claire, Goti Leyre, Motova Arina, Doering Ralf, Haraldson Gunnar, Accadia Paolo, Hamon Katell, Bastardie Francois, Maravelias Christos D., Mardle Simon, Thøgersen Thomas (2019). Sustainability Impact Assessment (SIA) in fisheries: Implementation in EU fishing regions. Marine Policy, 101, 63-79. Publisher's official version : , Open Access version :