Host High Level Fisheries Economics Conference to Discuss Socio-Economic
Impact of Common Fisheries Policy
23rd European Association of Fisheries Economists (EAFE) conference,
hosted by BIM, Irelands Seafood Development Agency, welcomed
over 100 economists, academics, fishermen and policy makers to Dublin
Castle today for the second day of this important three day business
and networking event from the 25th 27th April.
OToole, BIMs Chief Executive outlined the importance
of this event; BIM is delighted to be hosting this important
gathering of eminent International economists. At a time when our
fishing industry is adapting to new measures under the Common Fisheries
Policy, it is imperative we share the latest research and intelligence
in this field to ensure we are successfully managing this valuable
theme of this years conference was The socio-economics
of adaptation in EU fisheries: Lessons from the new Common Fisheries
and beyond. The latest reform of the Common Fisheries
Policy introduced strong measures such as the Landing Obligation,
maximum sustainable yield for all species by 2020 and regionalisation
of fisheries management, among other measures. These policies, along
with other events such as Brexit, have the potential to significantly
impact the viability of fishing fleets and fishing communities all
across Ireland and Europe.
at the 23rd European Association of Fisheries Economists Conference
in Dublin Castle, hosted by BIM, Irelands Seafood Development
Agency, are: Michael Keatinge, BIM Director of Fisheries Development;
Barrie Deas, CEO, National Federation of Fishermens Organisations
UK; Jim OToole, BIM CEO, Professor Daniel Bromley, University
of Wisconsin- Madison; Sean ODonoghue, CEO, Killybegs
Fishermans Organisation, Gerard van Balsfoort, Pelagic Freezer Trawler
Association; Miguel Pena Castellot, DG Mare; Professor Ragner Arnason,
University of Iceland
event provided a forum for Irish and International Fisheries Economists
to assess the impact of these events in order to find examples of
best-practice in adapting to global challenges and the new institutional
setting within EU fisheries.
also headr from Sean ODonoghue, Chief Executive of the Killybegs
Fishermens Organisation, Ireland, Gerard van Balsfoort, President
of the Pelagic Freezer-trawler Association of Holland and Barrie
Deas, Chief Executive of the National Federation of Fishermens
Organisations from the UK on the landing Obligation, the European
Pelagic Sector and Brexit. The session will also include talks from
BIM on gear selectivity adaptation, how qualitative research can
improve economic policy uptake and sessions on access to fisheries
and fishing rights, quota management in mixed fisheries and impact
assessment of management plans.
third day continued with a range of sessions including aquaculture
management and commercialisation and a special discussion focusing
on European small-scale fisheries, sponsored by the European Commission.
more information on the EAFE conference, please visit www.bim.ie.
Key talks from the conference will be available on BIMs website
in due course.