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Professor Massimo Spagnolo, managing director of IREPA ONLUS, keynote speaker at the european parliament on fishery management in the Mediterranean Sea
Monday, 03 December 2012 09:23

Bruxelles, 29 November 2012 – The Fishery Commission of the European Parliament, soon to express its view on the reform of the Common Fishery Policy, organized a workshop on the management of fisheries in the Mediterranean sea.


Professor Massimo Spagnolo, managing director of IREPA, delivered a keynote speech highlighting possible regulation revisions to reach sustainable fishery practices.

After providing an overview on how fishery management evolved in the Mediterranean – from territorial fishing rights of the Spanish Cofradias, the French Prud’hommies and the Italian Consortia for Mollusk management and for Artisanal Fisheries – and analyzing the various segments of fisheries (small coastal fisheries and offshore fisheries on shared and non-shared stocks), prof. Spagnolo examined possible changes in small coastal and offshore fisheries management on shared and non-shared stocks.

The implications of introducing catch and effort quota, proposed by the European Commission, were also discussed. Prof. Spagnolo illustrated how quota may enhance the efficiency of management authorities only within specific management plans.

More specifically, effort quota could be assigned on multispecific stock fisheries, while in monospecific stocks – like shrimp fisheries in the Sicilian Channel, or small pelagic fisheries in the Adriatic – catch and possibly effort quota may be more suitable.

Management plans may be adopted by States when resources are not shared with others, or by the European Council when resources are shared by Community fleets. With Croatia joining the UE, this could be the case in Northern and Central Adriatic where Italian, Croatian and Slovenian fleets compete for the same resources.

In the Sicilian Channel, where fleet from Community and non-Community vessels target the same stock, the General Fishery Commission for the Mediterranean holds the responsibility to draft management schemes on an appropriate scale and over selected stocks.

This contribution provided MPs of the Fishery Commission a precious general overview of the specific issues of Mediterranean fisheries and of the possibilities and implications of management proposals for the upcoming Common Fishery Policy.

 
New IREPA premises to be inaugurated in Mazara del Vallo Print
Friday, 19 October 2012 08:36

Mazara del Vallo, the main hub of industrial fishing in Italy, will soon become a major  center of fisheries economic studies as Irepa Onlus, the Institute for Economic Research in Fishery and Acquaculture, opens its new branch.

“We want to strenghten bio-economic studies to support Sicilian fisheries and increase the production of regional statistics” says the Institute’s director, Massimo Spagnolo.

IREPA produces statistical data related to the fishing sector in Italy for the Italian Ministry for Food, Agriculture and Forestry Policies. The new branch, to be inaugurated on October 26th, is hosted within CNR, National Research Council, as a measure of the Institute’s strong ties with other research groups on the island.

Representatives of the regional administration, fishermen associations, environmental and biological research groups and local fishery management councils will attend. A meeting with researchers and collaborators involved in IREPA studies will be held as well, to illustrate the new statistical monitoring plan for 2013.

 
The first meeting of the Planning Group on Economic Issues (PGECON) will take place in Salerno from the 16th to the 19th of April Print
Friday, 13 April 2012 11:43

The first meeting of the Planning Group on Economic Issues (PGECON) will take place in Salerno from the 16th to the 19th of April.

The PGECON has been established by the European Commission in 2011 with the aim to discuss methodological and coordination issues related to the collection of fisheries statistics and data on the economic performance of the fleet, the aquaculture and the processing sectors.

The meeting will be attended by experts of 15 Member States and by members of the European Commission and the Join Research Center. The results of the PGECON meeting will improve the quality of the economic data necessary to provide appropriate scientific advice for the implementation of management measures. The meeting will provide inputs for the revision of the data collection regulation for the period 2014-2020.

The meeting is organized and coordinated by Irepa onlus. Evelina Sabatella, economist at Irepa and responsible for the coordination of the Italian National Program on data collection, will chair the working group for the next three years

 
Salerno, kick-off meeting of the SOCIOEC project, Socio economic effects of Management Measures of the future CFP Print
Tuesday, 06 March 2012 15:22

Will be held in Salerno, 12th to 15th, March 2012, at the Grand Hotel, the kick-off meeting of the SOCIOEC project, funded under the Seventh Framework Program.

SOCIOEC is an interdisciplinary project, duration 3 years, which brings together scientists from various fields of study of the fishery along with industrial partners (mainly SMEs) and other key stakeholders in the sector in order to work in an integrated way on solutions for the future management of fisheries, which can be implemented at regional level.

The main objective of the project is to provide a tool for developing management measures that are consistent with broader sustainability goals set by the EU (new CFP) and which can provide a consensus among all stakeholders. The project will examine the effects of management measures that emerge from this process, particularly in terms of social and economic impacts. The Impact Assessment analysis (leaded by IREPA) will be complemented by the assessment of the proposed new policy options against the general criteria of effectiveness, efficiency and consistency. Attention will also be focused on assessing the ability of the management measured in achieving environmental objectives, both general (EU) and specific (targets at regional and / or local).

The project, coordinated by the Institute of Sea Fisheries (vTI) of Hamburg, is participated by the most renowned European research institutions. Among these the UCPH and DTU Aqua (Denmark), the LEI (Netherlands), the HCMR (Greece), IFREMER (France), the IoES (Iceland), CEMARE (Great Britain), the AZTI (Spain) and the JRC (EU). Beside being partner, IREPA (Italy) is also member of the Steering Committee, being the leader of one of the crucial phases of the project (IA analysis).