Fishermen, industry leaders, policy makers, regulators and researchers will come together to hear from a global line-up of speakers at a major conference addressing the future of inshore fisheries management in the UK.
Speakers include a fourth generation fisherman involved in implementing a respected fisheries management solution in Canada. Wes Erikson from British Columbia will deliver the keynote address at the Future of Our Inshore Fisheries conference. Active in the fisheries advisory process for over 20 years, Erikson was involved in developing and implementing the Commercial Groundfish Integrated Pilot Proposal. Embracing individual vessel allocations and sea monitoring for all fleets, the fishery has received international attention as a model of sustainable, accountable and responsible fishing practices.
Other speakers sharing their expertise and experience include Dr Ralph Townsend (Director of the Institute of Social and Economic Research, University of Alaska); Professor Linda Nostbakken (Professor of Resource Economics, Norwegian School of Economics); Paul Parker (Managing partner and president of Catch Invest and founder of the Cape Cod Fisheries Trust) and Fred Mattera (President, Commercial Fisheries Research Foundation, Rhode Island). UK industry leaders, regulators and agencies are also well represented by NFFO, Cefas, IFCAs and Seafish.
Commenting on the announced line-up Professor Michel Kaiser, Chief Scientist and Professor of Fisheries Conservation at Heriot-Watt University and chair of the project steering group, said:
“The speakers at the Future of Our Inshore Fisheries conference will give a truly global perspective and first-hand experience on how inshore fisheries can be managed. They will provide insights into how this might be achieved in UK fisheries, sharing much best practice and many possible solutions.
“Uniquely, this conference has strong representation from active fishermen who will bring their vital expertise, experience and thoughts as we discuss, reflect and consider ideas and proposals that have been stimulated by the international speakers at the event.
“This is the first step in what we see as a long-term project with industry. It’s only by bringing fishermen together with industry leaders, policy makers, regulators, academics, the environmental sector and recreational fishing that we can find workable long-term solutions to the future management of inshore fisheries.”
Driven by an industry-led steering group and facilitated by Seafish, the public body that supports the £10bn UK seafood industry, the conference is part of an ongoing project. Set-up in January 2019, it aims to establish a blueprint for a collaborative management approach which ensures inshore fisheries and coastal communities are sustainable and thriving into the future.
The conference themes – which have been determined by the steering group based on points raised by participants at an ideas and issues workshop held in June – will be:
- How should we define inshore fisheries?
- How to successfully deliver co-management in inshore fisheries?
- Spatial conflict and how to avoid it.
- How to provide for access and deliver business certainty.
- Delivering compliance outcomes.
- Enabling industry led science.
The conference will take place on 8-9 October 2019 in London.