CEMARE is currently co-ordinating
a Concerted Action, funded by the EU fisheries directorate, with partners
from the Centre for Fisheries Economics in Bergen, Norway, the University
of Brest, France and the University of Vigo, Spain. The aim of this Concerted
Action is to promote an active exchange of experiences, analyses and ideas
between European economists on the present and future management of Europe's
marine capture fisheries through a series of international workshops.
The second of these workshops
was held in Brest (France) between 5-7 May on the Definition and Allocation
of Property Rights in European fisheries. In total, 25 individuals participated
in the three-day workshop. These came primarily from academic institutions
in Spain, France, Norway, Iceland, UK, Portugal, Denmark and the Netherlands,
from organisations such as FAO and OECD and from the fishing industry. Professor
Daniel Lane from the University of Ottawa gave a keynote presentation on
the 'Applications of rights-based fisheries - experiences and consequences'.
Professor Rögnvaldur Hannesson from the Centre for Fisheries Economics
presented a keynote speech, entitled 'Fishing rights: their form, scope
and limitation'. These, along with the papers from all participants, both
theoretical and national case studies, generated substantial discussions
on the issues surrounding property rights in European fisheries. The proceedings,
including edited transcripts of discussions are to be published by the University
of Portsmouth in early autumn this year.
The next workshop of the
Concerted Action on Economics and the Common Fisheries Policy is to be held
in Vigo in autumn 1999. The subject of the third workshop is to be Management
Institutions and Systems of Fisheries Governance. Anyone wishing to find
out more about this, and subsequent, workshops should contact the CA Project
Officer, Kate Robinson on email@example.com,
tel: (+44) 1705 844091, or fax: (+44) 1705 844037.