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 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 3.1 | General Guidelines for making MPs

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This document contains the 1st draft of general guidelines for making management plan recommendations (MPRs) 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 MPR invitations submitted to case studies

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This document contains the 1st management plan recommendation (MPR) invitations submitted to the case studies in the FarFish project. The purpose of these MPR invitations is to offer selected operators (resource users) the opportunity to develop MPRs in accordance with the responsive fisheries management system (RFMS) approach; following the “first draft general guidelines for making MPRs” 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 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 MPR 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 Plan Recommendations (MPRs) 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.

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 MPR1 development

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Visualization materials, and other tools, that can assist operators and other stakeholders in developing Management Plan Recommendations (MPRs), 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 MPR1 development and give information on potential effects of MPR1 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 7.1 | Project webpage

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The FarFish Project website www.farfish.eu 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.