April 26, 2017


European confab discusses socio-economic impact of Common Fisheries Policy



The 23rd European Association of Fisheries Economists (EAFE) conference, hosted by Ireland's Seafood Development Agency, or BIM, welcomed over 100 economists, academics, fishermen and policy makers to Dublin Castle on Wednesday for the second day of the three-day business and networking event being held April 25–27.


The conference tackles the latest reform of the Common Fisheries Policy, which introduced measures such as the Landing Obligation, maximum sustainable yield for all species by 2020 and regionalisation of fisheries management, among others. These policies, along with other events such as Brexit, are seen to significantly impact the viability of fishing fleets and fishing communities across Ireland and Europe.


The conference also provides a forum for Irish and international fisheries economists to assess the impact of these events in order to find examples of best practice in adapting to global challenges and the new institutional setting within EU fisheries.


The third day continues with a range of sessions including aquaculture management and commercialisation and a special discussion focusing on European small-scale fisheries, sponsored by the European Commission.


Key talks from the conference will be available later on BIM's website, http://www.bim.ie/.


Pictured at the 23rd European Association of Fisheries Economists Conference in Dublin Castle, hosted by BIM, Ireland's Seafood Development Agency, are (from left): Michael Keatinge, BIM director of fisheries development; Barrie Deas, CEO, National Federation of Fishermen's Organisations UK; Jim O'Toole, BIM CEO; Professor Daniel Bromley, University of Wisconsin- Madison; Sean O'Donoghue, CEO, Killybeg's Fishermans Organisation; Gerard van Balsfoort, Pelagic Freezer Trawler Association; Miguel Pena Castellot, DG Mare; and Prof. Ragner Arnason, University of Iceland   BIM PHOTO

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