What does stakeholder involvement mean for fisheries management?

Margrethe Aanesen, Claire W. Armstrong, Helen J. Bloomfield, Christine Röckmann

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The Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) sets the guidelines for the management of European fisheries. The CFP is revised every 10 years, and the last two revisions have laid the groundwork for extending stakeholder participation in European Union fisheries management. The fishery industry and nongovernmental organization (NGOs) especially are recommended to be given greater influence. In this paper we report results from an international survey on fisheries stakeholders’ preferences for the three pillars of sustainable fisheries activities as defined in the CFP: ecological, economic, and social. Results of the survey show that industry member preferences were significantly different from the preferences of authorities, scientists, and NGOs. The preferences of the three latter groups did not vary significantly across stakeholder group. This raises the question of what consequences the planned stakeholder involvement in the CFP may have, given the preferences revealed in our survey.
Original languageEnglish
Article number35
JournalEcology and Society
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • Fisheries management
  • Stakeholder involvement
  • Stakeholder preferences


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