SOCIOEC brings together scientists from several fisheries sciences with industry partners and other key stakeholders to work in an integrated manner on solutions for future fisheries management that can be implemented at a regional level. The central concept is to provide a mechanism for developing measures that are consistent with the overarching sustainability objectives of the EU, and that can provide consensus across all stakeholders.
- Investigate how the objectives regarding ecological; economic and social sustainability can be defined in a clear, prioritised and overall acceptable manner and which gives guidance in the short term and ensures the long-term sustainability and viability of fisheries.
- Analyse which management measures, and identify which organisational levels, create the right incentives to tackle the main structural failings mentioned in the Green Paper of the Reform of the CFP.
- Determine the socio-economic and spatial effects of these management measures paying special attention to fishermen’s behavioural responses (e.g. incentives), to the potential links of management measures with uncertainties and externalities (e.g. oil price, interest rates, fish market prices)
The project is structured and organised without a separation of ecology, economy and social disciplines, which will be jointly involved in an integrated approach in all work packages (WP) and case studies (CS), analysing successes and failures of fisheries management measures, and aiming to draw conclusions on which management measures would be best introduced and in which circumstances, possibly on a regional basis. Another key feature of SOCIOEC is the direct involvement of partners from the fishing industry and an additional broader range of stakeholders via participation in workshops, to discuss in particular the definition and application of sustainability objectives.
The key elements to understand SOCIOEC and its expected results are:
- SOCIOEC will operate at the EU general level but will consider six specific Case Studies that reflect the most representative European fisheries.
- The stakeholder engagement will be reinforced in all the stages of the management process.
- The expected project outputs will give an added value to the fisheries management system in the EU by developing new trans- and inter- disciplinary approaches and methodologies which will offer a new and complete vision of the management of the European fisheries.