Ecosystem approach to fisheries

Maintaining healthy ecosystems and a vibrant fishing sector is of paramount importance to all coastal regions in the world. Making sure that the interests of the fishery sector are considered and represented versus the claims and interests of other user groups, is one of the tasks of the fisheries manager. The ecosystem approach takes the wider ecosystem and its interactions with fisheries into consideration.

Organised by Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation

Mon 22 September 2014 until Fri 10 October 2014

Monitoring and evaluation of aquatic resource use for a sustainable fish supply

Understanding the wider ecosystem impacts of fishery

The ecosystem approach to fisheries (EAF) is aimed at monitoring and evaluating the resource use and wider impacts of fisheries. The course will make you familiar with EAF-theory and provide you with analytical tools to make more sense of socio-economic and fisheries data. We will discuss various forms of fisheries management and guide you through the first steps of EAF.
Some of the tools developed by FAO to support the transition to EAF will be practiced. In the second part of the course we focus on the information that can be derived from catch and effort data.

In the last part you will develop new skills in collecting socio-economic data. If the circumstances allow, we will visit a Dutch fishery's setting. In the process you will develop insight in some of the issues the Dutch fisheries sector is dealing with.
During the course, participants will learn from each other’s professional issues, experiences and possible solutions. For this reason, a number of years of relevant work experience is required.

Course objectives

Upon completion of the course you will:

  • have a better understanding of  the ecosystem approach to fisheries (EAF);
  • know how to apply EAF in your own situation;
  • know how to analyse fisheries catch and effort data;
  • be better equipped to evaluate the information that results from these data.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have an academic degree (BSc or equivalent) in a discipline relevant for fisheries management, and have at least three years of relevant working experience in fisheries management, research, higher education in fisheries related subjects, fisheries extension and training, development of coastal or lakeside communities or other fisheries related work fields.