Securing the future - Implementing reform in European Fisheries
The EAFE 2013 conference was held at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh
from 15th -17th April.
The theme of the conference was Securing the future – Implementing reform in European Fisheries. Keynote speakers included Ms Lowri Evans, Director General of DG Mare, Mr Richard Lochhead MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Environment & Rural Affairs, Prof Thomas Sterner, visiting Chief Economist at EDF, Prof Ragnar Tveteras, Head of Stavanger Centre for Innovation Research and Mr Mike Park, Chief Executive of the Scottish White Fish Producers Association.
Over 90 delegates from around Europe and the world attended from places as far afield as Japan, Alaska and throughout Europe. They enjoyed a packed schedule of presentations, special sessions and events at the conference, which was hosted in Scotland for the first time by Seafish.
A variety of key topics and issues were on the agenda for discussion at the conference, including the cultural and social values of fisheries, data collection and analysis in fisheries management, and economic implications of the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy.
The aims of the XX1st EAFE Conference were to contribute to the EAFE objectives, which are:
- to promote cooperation in economic research in fisheries and aquaculture;
- to help disseminate information about fisheries economics among members;
- to further understanding of the economics of fisheries and aquaculture; and
- to serve as a channel of communication with other interested bodies.
Conference Organising Committee
Jesper Levring Andersen (Chair), Raúl Prellezo, Bertrand le Gallic, Frank Asche.
The Reception and Poster Session, sponsored by Marine Scotland, included a speech by industry representative Mike Park, Chief Executive of the Scottish White Fish Producers Association, which emphasised the importance of collaboration between industry and economists, to ensure production of accurate and reliable analysis of industry business performance.
The poster session incorporated the following subjects:
- The Dutch Approach: Sustainable and economic viable fisheries
- An economic perspective about fishermen Guilds in the Basque Country and Spain
- The Fish4Knowledge Project: Massive Live, Marine Fish Observation and Analysis
- A turning tide for North America's Fisheries
- Evaluating the Impacts of Integrating Fisheries and Conservation Management
- A GIS based tool for identifying fisheries dependent local communities in Europe
The Scottish-Themed Conference Dinner proved very popular, with delegates welcomed by a traditional Scottish Piper. The hotel was a fitting location, as it was once home to the Economics Department of conference hosts, Heriot-Watt University.
Prizes sponsored by Heriot-Watt University for best policy paper and best student paper were awarded on the evening by the EAFE president.
- Heather STEWART
Best Student Paper
Ownership, Access and the Right to Fish: The Influence of Economic Ideas,
Concepts and Local Interests on UK Fisheries Policy, 1945 -1984
- Richard CURTIN
Best paper informing key policy questions relating to implementing fisheries reform
Measuring fishing capacity in Europe; an application of the STECF indicators on the Basque offshore fleet.
- Richard CURTIN
The EAFE reception and presentation rooms were manned by Jen Reid from Seafish and a group of Heriot-Watt Economics Society undergraduates, who enjoyed taking part in the conference and meeting economists from around the world.
- Access to fisheries and the right to fish
- Investment, incentives and subsidies in fisheries management
- Social role of fisheries ‐ the cultural and social values of fisheries, distribution of wealth from fisheries
- Business performance, risk and return in stock recovery situations Aquaculture's role in the production and supply chain
- Discards and waste
- Role of fisheries and fisheries economics in marine spatial planning
- Europe in the global seafood market
- Common organisation of the market in the EU
- Economic implications of Ecosystem‐Based Management (EBM) of fisheries
- Economic Indicators for sustainability monitoring (Good
- Environmental Status, EBM), Marine Strategy
- Data collection and analysis in fisheries
- SOCIOEC - Socio-economic assessment of Management Measures of the new Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) First results and upcoming research
- FishRent – Model improvements and Applications
- Designing Catch Shares to Rejuvenate Fisheries (EDF)
- Impacts of the removal of the fuel tax exemptions
- Industry and economists discussion on economic data for fisheries management, collection and use of data
Special film screening: The Business of FishingThere was also a special film screening of the Seafish documentary 'The Business of Fishing'. The film featured four fishing vessel owners from areas around the UK and highlighted both the day to day and the strategic aspects of running a business in the fishing industry. If you would like to watch this film please email J_Reid@seafish.co.uk TO DOWNLOAD A SUMMARY OF PRESENTATIONS FROM THE CONFERENCE click here SPECIAL SESSION: Impacts of the removal of the fuel tax exemptions
- Roger Martini : OECD work on FTC measurement and policy
- Staffan Waldo : Fuel tax concessions in Nordic fisheries
- Konstantin Schlecht : "Supply chain configuration of intensive aquaculture production in Europe - a transaction cost perspective"
- Eleni Papathanasopoulou : "The socio-economic value of fisheries in the UK both nationally and regionally"