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"Overarching sustainability objectives overcome incompatible directions in the Common Fisheries Policy"

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Title: "Overarching sustainability objectives overcome incompatible directions in the Common Fisheries Policy"
Authors: Goti-Aralucea, L
Fitzpatrick, M
Doering, R
Reid, D
Mumford, J
Rindorf, A
Item Type: Journal Article
Abstract: The lack of clarity in the objectives of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) must be addressed to create a more efficient balance across diverse ecological, economic and social dimensions. Particularly economic and social objectives present at an overarching level must be made explicit and addressed in lower level management measures, in order to link them to biological objectives and allow policy to build a balance across types of objectives. Selecting clear objectives is essential, particularly for policy impact assessment. The aim of this paper is to demonstrate how more specific high level objectives to managing fisheries can be derived from stakeholders. The paper first reviews the definition of objectives, from a historical and conceptual perspective. Secondly, it discusses the issues of manageability and acceptability, and finally describes an articulation of the high level objectives derived from extensive stakeholder consultations at European and regional level. The results from workshops at the European level to identify objectives were further examined at regional level for the Baltic and North Seas in additional individual consultations. The German case addresses two seas (Baltic and North Seas), has a complex governance structure (due to federalism) and significant roles for the three types of actors (industry, government and environmental NGOs). The analysis suggests that establishing higher level sustainability objectives within the CFP can help diverse interest groups to develop a consensus on management actions to meet complex social goals.
Issue Date: 1-May-2018
Date of Acceptance: 6-Feb-2018
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10044/1/60606
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marpol.2018.02.006
ISSN: 0308-597X
Publisher: Elsevier
Start Page: 49
End Page: 57
Journal / Book Title: Marine Policy
Volume: 91
Copyright Statement: © 2018 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. This manuscript is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
Sponsor/Funder: Commission of the European Communities
Funder's Grant Number: 289257
Keywords: Science & Technology
Social Sciences
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Environmental Studies
International Relations
Environmental Sciences & Ecology
Common Fisheries Policy
High level objective
Sustainability goal
Participatory method
EU fisheries management
Impact assessment
0502 Environmental Science And Management
1606 Political Science
1801 Law
Publication Status: Published
Online Publication Date: 2018-02-16
Appears in Collections:Centre for Environmental Policy
Faculty of Natural Sciences