Ecosystem approach to fisheries

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

Organised by Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation

ma 21 september 2015 until vr 9 oktober 2015

Monitoring of resource use and fisheries impact

Understanding the wider ecosystem impacts of fishery

The ecosystem approach to fisheries (EAF) is aimed at integrating the interests
of all uses and users and pays special attention to the impact of fishing on
other ecosystem elements and functions. The course will make you familiar
with EAF-theory and with the FAO toolbox developed for the preparation and
implementation of an EAF management plan. It will also provide you with
analytical tools to make more sense of socio- economic and fisheries data.
In the first part of the course we will discuss various forms of fisheries
management and guide you through the steps of the toolbox developed by
FAO to support the transition from a conventional to an EAF approach. 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 practice skills in collecting socio-economic data. If the
circumstances allow, we will visit a Dutch fishery 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 the steps that lead to application of 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.

Proficiency in English is required.