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The Institute for Economic Research in Fishery and Acquaculture (IREPA) was established in Salerno in 1982 with the purpose of promoting the development of economic research in the fishing sector and providing the required support to the Public Bodies involved in the management of fishery and acquaculture.

The Province and Municipality of Salerno, the Chamber of Commerce of Salerno and Naples, The Regional Union of Chambers of Commerce are IREPA partner Institutions.

The Institute's activity has been marked by its interdisciplinary approach to the analysis of the fishing sector. Since its beginning of activity, IREPA's profile has been characterized by its contribution to the formulation of National policy and by an active participation to the works of International Agencies.

In the period 1994 ‚Äď 2012, IREPA has been providing technical assistance to the Ministry for Food, Agriculture and Forestry Policies actively co-operating to the drawing of documents related to the planning of the sector. Among its ¬†the most relevant activities, the Institute has contributed to the drawing of the planning documents required by Rule (CE) 1198/2006 concerning the European Fishery Fund and 1967/2006 concerning the management measures for the sustainable exploitation fisheries resources in the Mediterranean Sea.

The development of a wide and reliable statistical system represented one of the most relevant feature of IREPA's commitment in favour of National Administration. Such activity has become a crucial one and the Institute has been entrusted with the responsibility of producing statistical data related to the fishing sector in Italy and operated within the National Statistical System (SISTAN).At this regard, IREPA has also  been responsible for the coordination of the National Programme for Data Collection (Reg. (CE) 199/2008) concerning the establishment of a Community framework for the collection, management and use of data in the fisheries sector and support for scientific advice regarding the Common Fisheries Policy.

Scientific research represents an important area covered by the Institute's wide range of activities. Since the first years, IREPA has carried out intensive research on both European and National programmes. Since then, the Institute has assumed a leading role within the network of international research.

Thanks to the experience gained over the years, IREPA contributes to the works of the OCSE Fishery Committee, FAO, STECF and other scientific agencies of the European Union.

 

In order to improve and promote the circulation of scientific outcome in fisheries economics, the Institute set up an editorial line.

Over the years, IREPA has further developed its initial interdisciplinary approach. The Institute is presently involved in a number of activities all related to the fishing sector.

The Institute, for reasons beyond its control, then suspended its activities in 2013. As a result, the national statistical production was entrusted to Mably Scarl which operates with former Irepa methodology and staff. Despite the absence of a direct involvement in statistical production, the Institute has, however, decided to give continuity to the publication of national and regional sector statistical data, in order to provide traditional support to those who are interested in Italian fishing statistics, as originally made by Irepa.

Despite the long period of interruption, in 2019 the Annual Stakeholders' Meeting decided to resume research activities and restore the traditional levels of excellence that have characterized its commitment over the years.

In particular, the Assembly gave the Director a mandate to promote the development of the Institute along two lines. The first, is in line with the traditional research activity in favor of the bodies responsible for the management of the biological resources of the sea. In this context, in 2020 collaboration agreements were signed with the FAO, with the CNR, with the SZN. The second, entirely innovative, consists in the promotion and support of multidisciplinary projects in support of companies operating in all segments of the fishing sector, within the framework of the Institute's statutory purposes. In this case, projects must provide the direct involvement not only of researchers belonging to a broad spectrum of disciplines, oceanographic, biological, environmental and economic, but also of companies according to a "citizen science" approach. The goal, in fact, must be identified in the implementation of projects capable of promoting a more accentuated environmental, biological and economic sustainability with a view to assessing their impacts associated with climate change.

 
 

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