CS 4: Bay of Biscay

Description of work

The overall goal of the BoB case study is to understand the mechanisms which (i) support or counteract recovery of the hake and anchovy stocks, and (ii) are necessary to develop reliable long-term management plans for hake/anchovy. According to the structure of the project a broad range of analyses will be conducted to meet this goal.
The various results which are the expected outcomes of the case study work and the corresponding participation of the different partners are listed in Table 1. The BoB case study will investigate biological/ecological processes which drive the stock dynamics of the respective stock depending on the prevailing environmental conditions (WPs1-3). Relevant hypotheses developed within these WPs together with management scenarios from socio-economic investigations (WP5) will be selected to be implement the “Framework for the evaluation of Management Strategies (FEMS)??? (WP4). Information gained in all WPs will be synthesized to case study specific recovery plans and contribute to the generic work of UNCOVER.

The management tools to be explicitly considered in the Bob specific management procedure of the operating model are:

  • Total Allowable Catch (TAC)
  • Total Allowable Effort (TAE)
  • Multifleet - multispecies management tools (to be developed in BECAUSE project “SSP8-CT-2003-502482???)
  • Seasonal closures
  • Spatial closures

As an example, the closure of the nursery area for anchovy proposed by ICES could be evaluated to see whether it is the most appropriate measure for stock recovery taking into account the socio-economic aspect of the fishery. Innovative management measures, developed in previous EU projects (FISHBOAT) and in a proposal (CEVIS) submitted to Task 2 of the same call, could be also tested in conjunction with the above mentioned proposal of Task 2.

Stakeholder links

The involvement of different stakeholders in this research project is essential to provide successful strategies for recovery for each specific case study. Especially, the involvement of the fishing industry is crucial to guarantee their commitment to possible changes in the management strategies likely to be implemented based on the outputs of this project. Therefore, the present proposal considers the liaison with the fishing industry a basic work of the project.
The results of the project will be disseminated to a wide audience including the scientific community, regional and international fishery management bodies, fishing industry, and the community depending on this fishery via a series of workshop, reports, research papers and articles published in the public media.

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