Fisheries governance

The number of the world's fish stocks in trouble today seems to exceed the number of those in good shape. The causes are many, but overfishing is a major one – for which fisheries managers are often blamed. Their complexity, diversity and dynamics, and the involvement of a large number of stakeholders, make fisheries difficult to govern.

Organisator Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation

ma 3 november 2014 tot vr 21 november 2014

Dealing with the dynamics in fisheries

Balancing under pressure

One of the primary tasks of the fisheries manager is to balance the pressure on the fish stocks and the aquatic habitat. This requires innovative solutions which can be created when stakeholders are able to meet, share experiences, learn together and contribute to decision making processes.

In this course, that is organised in cooperation with other Dutch and international institutes, participants will learn about fisheries governance and the relation to fisheries management. It will provide new insights on challenges that fisheries governance face, such as IUU fishing, and explore ways to strengthen fisheries governance.  The course provides a framework in which participants will acquire insights and skills to bring stakeholders in the fisheries system and help them understand each other's perspectives, manage their conflicts and learn together. The program is interactive and participants will practice a range of participatory tools and methodologies in a real-life case. They will be challenged to apply the concepts learned by presenting an action plan for their own professional situation.

Course objectives

Upon completion of the course you will:

  • know about  fisheries governance and co-management concepts, challenges faced in governance and management;
  • be familiar with various perspectives on fisheries management;
  • understand the importance of stakeholder engagement in governance;
  • be able to apply  participatory methodologies and tools in support of the fisheries management planning process;
  • be familiar with the tools available to the fisheries manager for controlling fishing effort.

Target audience

Applicants should have an academic degree (BSC or equivalent) in a discipline relevant to fisheries management (i.e. fisheries management and/or research, fisheries extension training, development of coastal or lakeside communities). At least three years of relevant professional experience and competence in English language are required.