The attitude and opinions of fishermen and policymakers toward the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy

Keane, Debra (2009) The attitude and opinions of fishermen and policymakers toward the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    The decline of the world’s fish stocks is an international phenomenon (Pascoe, n.d.), 80% of them are fully exploited (52%), overexploited (19%) or depleted (8%), The Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) is responsible for the management of fish stocks within Europe and has recently undergone review once again at the end of 2008 (Commission of the European Communities, 2009) and a Green paper produced for public consultation. The main factors contributing to the failure of the current CFP (2002) are fleet overcapacity and an over-centralised, top down approach to management. The 2008 review aims to move toward a method of results-based management and will potentially allow decisions to be made by Regional Advisory Councils regarding methods of CFP implementation. There is still a conflict of interests between the fishermen and the policymakers therefore a method needs to be devised to create a partnership between the two groups. The fishermen have indicated they would like an Individual Transfer Quota (ITQ) system implemented and the policymakers appeared to have no strong preference toward the method used for the management of quotas, therefore a compromise could be made and the faith of the fishermen restored in their management system. The success of the CFP will rely on the involvement and communication with stakeholders, the 2008 review is only in the early stages of research and preparation but literature produced so far suggests the European Union is trying to achieve this.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Science > Department of Geography
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:48
    Last Modified: 24 Jul 2015 09:57

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