- Project GEPETO seeks to create a cooperative framework between all the parties involved in fisheries’ management, developing proposals for the future, hoping to reach a consensus that elucidates all the challenges that arose from the new CFP in Europe’s South Atlantic Region.
- The representatives of the Project met in Paris, the last week of May, in order to assess the work done on the first year.
- In late July, the project will be presented to the European Parliament.
(Santiago de Compostela, June 25, 2013) With half the project underway all the representatives of GEPETO, met in order to discuss the progress, and the first results of this initiative, that seeks to create a new model of participative governance, proposing long-term management measures for the fisheries of the Atlantic Region of Southern Europe. The project is funded by the European Union, through the SWW RAC and the European Regional Development Fund, counting on the participation of Institutions, Scientific Organizations, Fishermen Organizations and NGOs in Spain, France, Portugal and Ireland.
The project was envisaged as a test-bed, used to design effective long-term management plans for European Fisheries. This job is based upon all the knowledge and consensus of all parties, this way the resulted proposals will be more solid, effective and durable.
Project GEPETO focuses on a regional approach to Fisheries’ Management, highlighting the role of all the parties involved and aiming to create a cooperation framework that helps us plan the fishing activity ahead, inspired upon the measures that the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) Reform proposes for sustainable European Fisheries.
Following the reform’s recommendations, GEPETO’s job is to reach a more in depth scientific knowledge of the fishing activity and to create tools that make it accessible. The task is being addressed with the completion of an atlas of the fisheries of this area, for which they are counting on the input from both, the fishing industry, and the authorities of the States operating on this area. The Director of the French Institute IFREMER, Patrick Berthou, leader of the project, presented the project on the 5th of June, in a workshop, which the European Parliament called “Marine Knowledge 2020″.
They have also agreed upon several other aspects, like defining management units. Given the fact, that the management which is based exclusively upon scientific knowledge, doesn’t overlook all aspects concerning the effective management of fisheries, the Basque Country’s Scientific Technological Centre AZTI-Tecnalia, the partner in charge of this part, is currently working and looking to get unified criteria, so that we can later define the units that we will use to manage any type of fishery in the future.
Provided with this information and aiming to establish common criteria under the coordination of Portugal’s IPMA, they are working on selected case studies that we will use to manage fisheries in the future.
All the work findings will be gathered on the project’s website http / / www.gepetoproject.eu, which is currently under construction. According to Benoit Guerin, CCR-South and web coordinator, “the website aims to be a space that allows us to; easily access project information, to use the tools provided by scientists like an atlas of fisheries or, to know the opinions and testimonials of all sea professionals that will be all collected on the participative module”. In addition to the website, the CCR-S are also working on the dissemination of the project and its technical coordination.
The General Coordination of the project is carried out by Galicia’s CETMAR, which encourages and organizes the work of all partners, so that they get these objectives. The other partners involved are; the Spanish IEO, the Marine Institute of Ireland, the Acores University and also the NWW RAC, which is actually the link with the Northern Fishermen, which are working on selected case studies.
In late July, representatives of all partners will show the progress of the project to the European Parliament with DG Mare, and they will report on its expectations and objectives.
The next planned meetings with all representatives will be held in October in the Basque Country, where they will work on the Case Studies and, in November, during the last meeting of 2013, which is to be held in Faro, all representatives will make a new balance of all the activities planned for the current year.