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					:a perspective from the RACs
Barrie Deas: affiliations
 National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations
 North West Waters Regional Advisory Council
 North Sea Regional Advisory Council
 Europeche
Two areas of data deficiency
 ICES stock assessments
 Spatial information on fishing patterns




 RAC initiatives
ICES Stock Assessments
 Endemic data deficiencies
 60% do not have “analytical” status
 Cyclical and continuing problem
 Undermines credibility of fisheries science
 Makes setting TACs difficult
 Increases the complexity of the December Council
  process
 Vastly increases the scope for friction and
  misunderstandings
Some types of data deficiency
 Unknown levels of discards
 Under, over and mis-recorded catches
 LPUE from commercial vessels abandoned
 Member states resource issues
 Data not collected
 Data collected but not put in useful format
Implications
 Precautionary approach
 Commission’s Policy Statement
 TAC setting rules
 TACs lower that they would otherwise be
 Frustration
Breaking the cycle
 North West Waters RAC
 Without intervention the cycle will continue
 How to intervene?
Taking the initiative
 Repetitive problem
 RACs provide an international forum for all
  stakeholders in a fishery
 Platform for multi-member state initiatives
Proposal
 A Regional Task Force
 Fishermen, scientists, fisheries managers (member
  states and the Commission)
 Regional and fishery by fishery focus
 To identify data deficiencies
 To develop means of resolving data deficiencies
 To initiate partnership projects where necessary
Supporting RACs
 North West Waters RAC
 North Sea RAC
 Others?
Avoiding Duplication: current
initiatives
 Data Collection Framework Regulation
 Output from this seminar
 Belgian Presidency conference
 Commission Study on Joint Data Collection in
  Western Waters
 ICES
 STECF
 Jakfish and Gap
Value added
 Top down always delivers less
 Real time info vs retrospective assessments
 Fisheries Response
 Socio-economic features
 Move to results based approach and self regulation
  require the industry to document that they are doing
  what they have signed up for
 Regulation through approval and audit rather that
  through micro-management
Tools
 Fisheries Science Partnerships
 Annual Fisheries Reports
 Customised initiatives
 Self-monitoring
 Observers
Task Force Summary
 Data deficiencies are a major problem in a significant
  number of fisheries
 There is a will within the RACs to take the initiative
 A regional task force is a way to bring the key players
  together and to identify both data deficiencies and
  ways to remedy them
 Important to avoid duplicated efforts
 RACs and a partnership approach would bring its own
  value added
 Industry self-documentation is likely to play a
  significant role in a reformed CFP
Marine Spatial Planning
 New era in which spatial information is central



 Network of marine protected areas
 Natura 2000 + Domestic UK + MSFD (?)
 Offshore wind-farms
 Marine spatial planning
Limits to official data
 Limitations of VMS
 Requires interpretation
 Filter out steaming etc.
 Useful scale/ level of resolution?



 Under 15m not covered at present
 Incompatible data sets
Demand for industry data
 Defensive mapping requires spatial data on fishing
  patterns
 MPA projects: thirsty for information to ease site
  designation
 Wind-farm site planning: mitigation measures
 Longer term: the advent of marine spatial planning
Fishermen’s data
 Held by vessel operators
 Plotter information
 Paper charts
 Head
Issues
 Commercial confidentiality
 Permission
 Assurances
 Safeguards
 Scale/resolution
 Format
 Compatibility
RAC Project
 International forum/sources
 Recognised need to provide industry data
 Trust and confidence
 Coordinated approach
 Inter-reg funding
 Initially NSRAC
 NWWRAC expressed interest
Method
 Collate fishing data in systematic fashion
 Format compatible with various demands
 Build on VMS information
 Data at useful level of resolution
 Structured interview/ digitised information
 Mobile phone technology for under 15m fleet
Summary
 MSP along with MPAs, offshore wind-farms are
  creating a new demand for spatial data
 There is a lack of coherence in current initiatives to
  collate spatial information of fishing patterns
 Official data has limitations
 There are confidentiality/trust/safeguards issues
  especially at higher levels of resolution
 RACs, because of there composition and role, are well
  positioned to coordinate the collation of spatial data
 NSRAC is pioneering this work, with interest and
  support from other RACs
  Data deficiencies
 Described two areas of data deficiency in fisheries
 One, repetitive and cyclical
 One new, emerging out of new legislative
  requirements and need for co-existence
 Described how RACs are facing up to these challenges
 All work in progress
 Welcome comments, either here or later
Thank you.

				
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