Fisheries management needs to take the mutual impact of capture fisheries and aquatic ecosystems into consideration. This course introduces the Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries as promoted by FAO. The collection and analysis of catch and effort data is also discussed.
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.
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.
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.