FarFish Public Deliverables

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Deliverable 1.1 | Executive report on the stakeholder Hub: attributes, tools and feedback

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In this ‘Executive report on the Stakeholder Hub: attributes, tools and feedback”, we describe the state of the art of the Stakeholder’s Hub in the FarFish project. Some of the main questions we try to respond on are related to how the Stakeholder Hub has been designed and implemented, and how gaps and needs in arenas for stakeholder interaction are being matched. This executive report is the first deliverable of Work Package 1 (WP1 – Stakeholder interaction).


Deliverable 1.2 | Intermediate report on Stakeholder hub implementation: lessons learnt and improvement areas for second spiral interaction

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The H2020 project FarFish aims to provide knowledge, tools and methods to support responsible, sustainable and profitable EU fisheries outside European waters. To achieve this, one of the implementation tools is the Stakeholder Hub, a multi-level and multi-stakeholder network integrated by scientists, policymakers, resource users, NGOs and other stakeholders aimed to improve fisheries management competences throughout their participation. The Stakeholder Hub is a responsive and flexible platform that adopts the form of a regional working group for the six case studies involved into the project, but adopting the form of a high-level European platform, or even an international forum for cross-cutting issues. This Intermediate report provides a summary on the Stakeholder Hub implementation in the first half of the project. It highlights lessons learnt and improvement areas for the second part of the project.


Deliverable 2.1 | Case study characterization

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This report contains basic description of the six case studies (CS) in the FarFish project. Four of the CS have Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreements (SFPA) with the EU and two are within international waters. The CS cover the Cape Verde tuna fishery (SFPA), the Senegal tuna and hake fishery (SFPA), the Mauritanian mixed fishery (SFPA), Seychelles tuna fishery (SFPA), the high-seas mixed fishery in the South West Atlantic (FAO Major Fishing Area 41) and the mixed fishery in the international waters of South East Atlantic (FAO Area 47).


Deliverable 2.2 | Data Management Plan under the H2020 Open Research Data Pilot

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The overall goal of WP2 in FarFish is to “advance knowledge and collate data related to biological characteristics of the main fish stocks in the selected fisheries, and to evaluate the appropriateness, relevance and applicability of stock assessment models currently in use for these fisheries”, as per the DoA. Task 2.2 and deliverable 2.2 contributes towards these goals by creating a “Data Management Plan”, as per the Horizon 2020 Open Research Data Pilot. The deliverable contains 14 forms detailing the content of all datasets used within FarFish, how it will be preserved, and steps taken to make data publically available after the project end.


Deliverable 2.3 | Report on biological and ecological data in FFDB pilot version 1

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Task 2.3 of work package 2 (Advancing biological knowledge and evaluation of current stock assessment models) focuses on the compilation of biological, ecological and fisheries dependent and fisheries independent data that is required for other FarFish WPs. During the first year of FarFish, some modifications in the objectives occurred, resulting in changes in the species. For example, in the Cape Verde and Seychelles CSs, the focus is now on by-catch species that are not assessed by the Regional Management Fisheries Organizations (RMFO): the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) and the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC).


Deliverable 2.4 | Templates and protocols for self-sampling

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In the EU, the Data Collection Framework (DCF) applies to all fisheries carried out by EU vessels, including those fishing outside EU waters under Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreements (SFPA). Although observer coverage of up to 100% has been achieved through collaboration with industry in some SFPA fisheries, the observer coverage in many others SFPAs is low. Lack of data for stock assessment and management of many stocks and species is a global problem.


Deliverable 2.5 | Report on evaluation of current stock assessment models used in the FarFish case studies

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One of the key objectives of the FarFish project is: “To advance knowledge and collate data related to biological characteristics of the main fish stocks in selected fisheries outside EU waters that are important for the EU fleet, and to evaluate the relevance and applicability of appropriate stock assessment methods for these fisheries.” In this context, the review and evaluation of stock assessment models used in the different Case Studies and the status of the stocks is one of the primary objectives of the project. The FarFish project has therefore published this report, which contains a review the stock assessment carried out for the target species in each of the case study areas.


Deliverable 2.6 | Report on biological and ecological data in FarFish DataBase pilot version 2

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This report summarises the progress in the first two years of the FarFish project in collecting and compiling biological, ecological and fisheries dependent and fisheries independent data relevant for the project case studies. The report follows up on similar report that was published after the first year of the project.


Deliverable 3.1 | General Guidelines for making MRs

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This document contains the 1st draft of general guidelines for making management recommendations (MRs) tailored for the EU fleet operating outside European waters; in accordance with the responsive fisheries management system (RFMS). The RFMS is a management approach founded on the concept of results-based management (RBM), where responsibility for fisheries management is transferred to resource users, provided that they meet with necessary requirements set forth by the competent authorities and document that they can achieve specified management objectives.


Deliverable 3.2 | First MR invitations submitted to case studies

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This document contains the 1st management recommendation (MR) invitations submitted to the case studies in the FarFish project. The purpose of these MR invitations is to offer selected operators (resource users) the opportunity to develop MRs in accordance with the responsive fisheries management system (RFMS) approach; following the “first draft general guidelines for making MRs” presented in FarFish deliverable 3.1. The RFMS is a management approach founded on the principles of results-based management (RBM). According to RFMS, the responsibility for fisheries management is partly transferred to the resource users, provided that they meet with necessary requirements set forth by the competent authorities and provide documentation confirming implementation and achievement of specified management objectives.


Deliverable 3.3 | Evaluation of the governance structures of the cases

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This report contains an evaluation of the governance structures of the EU long-distance fishing fleet in the six case studies of the FarFish project. These case studies include two high seas fisheries and four fisheries that are based on Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreements (SFPAs) between the EU and coastal states. All of these fisheries are important for the fishing fleets of multiple EU countries or respond to the priorities of Regional Fisheries Management Organisations (RFMOs) and the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP).


Deliverable 3.4 | Description of CS value chains

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This report provides a generalised mapping and description of the seafood value chains for the six case studies covered by FarFish. The work is based on publicly available data and has primarily been carried out as desktop analyses. One major challenge in this work has been the lack of reliable data, which in fact is a general challenge for these fisheries. The fisheries are conducted by multi-national fleets and different vessel types, ranging from artisanal fisheries to large scale industrial fisheries; and the reporting from these fleets vary a great deal. The available data from within the value chains from processing to consumption does vary considerably as well.


Deliverable 3.5 | Draft 2 general guidelines for making Management Recommendations

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This report contains the 2nd draft of general guidelines for making management recommendations (MRs) tailored for the EU fleet operating outside European waters; in accordance with the responsive fisheries management system (RFMS). The RFMS is a management approach founded on the concept of results-based management (RBM), where responsibility for fisheries management is to a point transferred to resource users, provided that they meet with necessary requirements set forth by the competent authorities and document that they can achieve specified management objectives.


Deliverable 3.6 | Second Management Recommendation invitation submitted to case studies

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This report contains the 2nd management recommendation (MR) invitations submitted to the case studies in the FarFish project i.e. the high-seas fisheries in SW-Atlantic and SE-Atlantic, and the SFPA fisheries in Cape Verde, Senegal, Mauritania and Seychelles. The purpose of these MR invitations is to offer selected operators (resource users) the opportunity to develop MRs following the “second draft general guidelines for making MRs” presented in FarFish deliverable 3.5. The approach presented in the guidelines are based on principles of results-based management (RBM), where the responsibility for fisheries management is partly transferred to the resource users, provided that they meet with necessary requirements set forth by the authorities and provide documentation confirming implementation and achievement of specified management objectives. The advantages of such an approach include facilitation of more bottom-up style of management where the actual resource users and other stakeholders are involved. This approach is likely to increase the sense of ownership, by the resource users, in the management. Other advantages are for example increased transparency, as well as reduced costs and increased coverage of monitoring, control and surveillance.


Deliverable 4.1 | MP0 for each case study

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This report is the detailed description of the current state of affairs in each FarFish case study (CS). It also adresses potential improvements by suggesting case study specific objectives. The MP0 will be a significant chapter in the management plan invitation to be sent to the operators, after the dialogue process including authorities and operators. MP0 describes the current status in the fishery in question and is the background for the development of the MP1 (the tailor-made good practice recommendation). MP0s focus on the current state of affairs, the main problems faced and form the basis for the suggested case study (CS) objectives. In advance of the project meeting in November 2017, a common template was designed to collect and compile data from the different CSs. Most of the CS leaders were present at the meeting and provided useful information.


Deliverable 4.2 | Report from the MR kick-off meeting

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FarFish is a H2020 project that aims to provide knowledge, tools and methods to support responsible, sustainable and profitable EU fisheries outside European waters. To achieve this, FarFish will develop practical, achievable and cost-effective fisheries management tools and advice. The work will be done in collaboration of scientists, policy makers, resource users and other stakeholders aimed to improve fisheries management competences. A key output of the project are case specific Management Recommendations (MRs) that are based on Results-Based Management (RBM) principles in line with the Responsive Fisheries Management System (RFMS) approach, which was developed in the FP7 project EcoFishMan. The fisheries included in FarFish are in the high-seas areas of the SW-Atlantic Ocean (FAO area 41) and the SE-Atlantic Ocean (FAO area 47); as well as in the waters of Cape Verde, Senegal, Mauritania and the Seychelles.


Delivrable 4.3 | Management Recommendations 1 for each CS

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More than 20% of the European fishing fleets catches are taken from non-European waters. Access to these waters is often based on agreements with coastal states that allow the EU fleet to fish from surplus stocks in return for financial support. These agreements have been subjected to criticism, as these fisheries are sometimes poorly regulated and management decisions are often based on limited knowledge, compliance, and enforcement capabilities. It is also too often the case that trust between stakeholders is lacking. The aim of the FarFish project is to overcome these hurdles. The FarFish project is designed around six case study areas in which the European fleet is actively engaged in fishing activities, including Cape Verde, Mauritania, Senegal and Seychelles, as well as the international high-seas areas in the southeast and southwest Atlantic.


Deliverable 5.1 | Audit of the Management Recommendations 1

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The overarching objective of the FarFish project is to provide knowledge, tools and methods to support responsible, sustainable and profitable EU fisheries outside European waters, both within the jurisdiction of non-EU nations as well as international waters. To achieve this, FarFish aims to develop practical, achievable and cost-effective fisheries management tools and advice. Among those tools are user-friendly guidelines on how to create management recommendations (MRs) within these fisheries, which builds on the concepts of results-based management, where responsibility for fisheries management is to a point transferred to resource users, provided that they meet with necessary requirements set forth by the authorities.


Deliverable 5.2. | Report on challenges and suggestions for improvements

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The EU is obliged to ensure sustainable utilization of the fisheries’ resources to which EU fleets have access to, both in the high seas and through bilateral agreements, based on the principles of good economic and social governance. This is mainly done through cooperation with Regional Fisheries Management Organisations (RFMOs) and national authorities in partnership countries to improve knowledge and management of the fisheries. Inadequate governance of these fisheries can hinder the goal of sustainable utilization of fisheries’ resources, resulting in suboptimal or over-exploitation of shared and straddling fish stocks. On the other hand, limited knowledge regarding the processing and market conditions in partner coastal states has contributed to substantial criticism regarding the social and economic benefits that the international fisheries actually bring to the partners’ countries.


Deliverable 5.3 | Report on DSTs used in case studies for developing Management Recommendations 1

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This report gives a summary of the Decision support tools (DSTs) developed within the FarFish project. The DSTs have been tailored for the FarFish case studies, in order to enable stakeholders to take more informed decisions when developing management recommendations (MRs). These tools have been selected in coordination with needs and requests of stakeholders when producing the 1st version of the MRs for each case study. It continues the work program outlined in other tasks of the project.

Deliverable 6.1 | Data Input Protocol for the FFDB

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This document contains the initial data input protocol for the FarFish Database (FFDB) where much of the data collected within the project will be stored and made available for the project partners, as well as beyond the project. The first section re-states and clarifies the aims of Task 6.1 (Development of the FarFish database); that it is a collection of components whose aim is to collate data from partners and integrate FarFish outputs with the FarFish website. Secondly, we detail the likely nature of these components, and finally we discuss the infrastructure and architecture required to support these tools.


Deliverable 6.2 | FFDB Pilot Version 1

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One of many products of the FarFish project is the FarFish Data Base (FFDB), which is intended to make the data collected within the various tasks within the FarFish project available for project partners in an operational way. The FFDB will be a repository for vide range of data and will allow for users to easily upload new data and make queries e.g. for input to visualisation- and decision support tools developed in other tasks in the project. The FFDB will be open access on the FarFish webpage and towards the end of the project the relevant datasets will be uploaded from FFDB to OpenAIRE; the data repository of the H2020 Open Research Data Pilot. A data input protocol for the FFDB (D6.1) was developed within the first four months of the FarFish project.


Deliverable 6.3 | Visualisation materials and tools available for MR1 development

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Visualization materials, and other tools, that can assist operators and other stakeholders in developing Management Recommendations (MRs), are an important part of each case study in the FarFish project, as well as for the outcome of the project. The visualization tools will give information on important biological, ecological, economic and social issues that can be relevant for the MR1 development and give information on potential effects of MR1 implementation (what if? scenarios). For the project to be successful, as with any project of relevance, it is of utter importance to make sure that complex issues and concepts are broken down for additional understanding.


Deliverable 6.4 | Report on the developments needed to produce relevant management tools

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This document reports on the developments needed to produce management tools that are relevant for each of the case studies in the FarFish project. The tools have been selected in coordination with the production of Management Plan zero for each case study (D4.1 – MP0 for each case study). It has shared with Work Package 4 the consultation process with partners of FarFish, including the case study leaders, and with external relevant bodies such as ICCAT or IOTC. The selected tools have been incorporated into the Management Plan Zero and have also been coordinated with Work Package 2 to feed through Deliverables 2.3 (Report on biological and ecological data in FFDB pilot version 1) and 2.6 (Report on biological and ecological data in FFDB pilot version 2), and the data these tools will demand.


Deliverable 6.5 | FarFish Database pilot version 2

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This report summarises the progress and current state of the FarFish Data Base (FFDB). One of many products of the FarFish project is the FFDB, which is intended to make the data collected within the various tasks within the project available for project partners in an operational way. The FFDB is a repository for vide range of data, which allows users to easily upload new data and make queries e.g. for input to visualisation- and decision support tools developed in other tasks in the project. The FFDB is at present available for project partners only but will be open access on the FarFish webpage soon and towards the end of the project the relevant datasets will be uploaded from FFDB to OpenAIRE; the data repository of the H2020 Open Research Data Pilot.


Deliverable 6.6 | Visualisation materials and tools available for Management Recommendation 2 development

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This report summarises the progress and main outputs when it comes to development of visualisation materials and visualisation tools within the FarFish project. Development of visualisation materials and other visualisation tools that allow stakeholders to easily understand otherwise complicate data on e.g. biological, ecological, economic, social and political issues relevant for the six FarFish case studies is an important component of the FarFish project. These visualisation materials and tools have the purpose of assisting stakeholders within the case studies when developing Management Recommendations (MRs), by sowing in a simple manner historic data and forecasts. The forecasts are in particular intended to provide stakeholders with most likely scenarios or effects of MR implementation (what if? scenarios). The visualisation materials and other visualisation tools do also have an important purpose for overall aim of the FarFish project, when it comes to advancing knowledge on fisheries in the case studies, both for internal use within the project and for stakeholders outside of the project.


Deliverable 6.7 | Report on DSTs used in case studies for developing Management Recommendations 1

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This report gives a summary of the Decision support tools (DSTs) developed within the FarFish project. The DSTs have been tailored for the FarFish case studies, in order to enable stakeholders to take more informed decisions when developing management recommendations (MRs). These tools have been selected in coordination with needs and requests of stakeholders when producing the 1st version of the MRs for each case study. It continues the work program outlined in other tasks of the project.


Deliverable 6.8 | Interactive Platform to integrate codes, visualization and data interaction tools for the selected FarFish case studies

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This report provides an overview of the interactive platform developed within the FarFish project to integrate codes, visualization and data interaction tools for the Case Studies within the project. The overall objective the work described in the repot has been to develop tools that provide added value, relevance and usefulness in support of management and decision making for the actors involved in each of the case studies in the project. To achieve this, the project has developed a suite of R-based tools that let users upload and analyse their own data purely through a web browser, so they can be used on any computer without installation or knowledge of the R programming language. The source code for the tools is also public and hosted on GitHub, allowing institutions to manage their own installation if required in the future.


Deliverable 7.1 | Project webpage

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The FarFish Project website <a href=”https://www.farfish.eu/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-mce-href=”https://www.farfish.eu/”>www.farfish.eu</a> is the primary dissemination and communication platform of the project. The site gives project partners, stakeholders and the general public the opportunity to get information on the project and its progress. It also enables for easy linkage to social media. The content on the website is designed to be informative on main tasks in the project and to provide detailed information on the case studies, workshops, meetings and other activities, as well as progress. The website allows for those interested to sign up for a newsletter, which will be published regularly throughout the project lifetime. Once the FFDB (FarFish DataBase) is up-and-running it will be accessible through the webpage.


Deliverable 7.2 | Dissemination and exploitation plan

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This plan for the dissemination of knowledge and exploitation of FarFish describes the project partners’ strategies and actions related to the exploitation, dissemination and communication of the project results. The plan will be revised and updated on a continuous basis. The FarFish consortium aims to disseminate and communicate the results and recommendations obtained from the project’s work to all relevant parties, including FarFish partners, stakeholders and the general public. The use of efficient and productive internal and external communication, actions, tools and participative events will ensure that all target groups are reached. This plan describes how the new knowledge and tools created will be exploited and disseminated, and defines a clear set of actions in the project timeline including; purpose, target groups, methods, vehicles, timing, indicators and success criteria.

Deliverable 7.3 | Tutor-web FarFish initial setup

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This document reports progress and conclusions on deliverable D7.3, Tutor-web FarFish initial setup, in project FarFish. The report describes the launch of the FarFish part of www.tutor-web.net making available existing teaching material directed to the target audience. The material is made available in the tutor-web as a course, under the heading “Methods and techniques for data-limited fisheries.” This course consists of multiple tutorials, providing material and drills at various stages of development, on topics from prerequisite mathematics, statistics and programming, through introductory fish population dynamics to methods for data-limited fisheries.

Deliverable 7.5 | University level diploma programme in Marine Management and Innovation launched

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Within task 7.4 in the FarFish project, Development of a university level Certificate program in Marine Management and Innovation, a certificate-awarding programme has been set up consisting of short courses taught by different FarFish institutions. The short-term courses are designed to further educate especially fish business operators and EU fleet representatives. The planned programme is made up by several short-term courses and two main topics have been selected for the focus of the programme: Laws and regulations, and Value chain analysis. The first course will be run in March 2020 in Tromsø, Norway, with parallel streamed sessions in Vigo, Spain, and Reykjavik, Iceland. UiT the Arctic University of Norway is responsible for coordination and administration of the programme. The aim is to educate at least 5 students to graduation, and to provide an open access and adaptable <strong>on-line course for at least five years after project end.

Deliverable 7.6 | Advanced post graduate training programme launched

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More than 20% of the European fishing fleets catches are taken from non-European waters. Access to these waters is often based on agreements with coastal states that allow the EU fleet to fish from surplus stocks in return for financial support. These agreements have been subjected to criticism, as these fisheries are sometimes poorly regulated and management decisions are often based on limited knowledge, compliance, and enforcement capabilities. It is also too often the case that trust between stakeholders is lacking. The aim of the FarFish project is to overcome these hurdles.The FarFish project is designed around six case study areas in which the European fleet is actively engaged in fishing activities, including Cape Verde, Mauritania, Senegal and Seychelles, as well as the international high-seas areas in the southeast and southwest Atlantic. In this context of geographic, economic and cultural diversity, the project will gain insights into the sustainability of commercially important species.


Deliverable 7.7 | Tutor-web educational material ready

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Among the key objectives of the H2020 project FarFish is to build capacities in stock assessment and fisheries management. Among the training and capacity building tools developed in the project are e-learning courses that are made available at www.tutor-web.net . This report provides a summary of the educational materials that have been developed as part of FarFish for tutor-web. The materials include updates of previously existing tutor-web courses that have been tailored for FarFish, as well as new teaching materials directed at FarFish target audience. The material is made available in the tutor-web as a single course, under the heading “Methods and techniques for data-limited fisheries.” It consists of multiple tutorials, providing material and drills at various stages of development, on topics from prerequisite mathematics, statistics and programming, through introductory fish population dynamics to methods for data-limited fisheries. The choice of material is in large part based on discussions, meetings and interviews with potential users.