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

Hazel Curtis, / Ralf Döring, / Sasha Maguire, / Hans van Oostenbrugge,


Scientific Committee

Jesper Levring Andersen (Chair), Raúl Prellezo, Bertrand le Gallic, Frank Asche.