Department of Environmental and Business Economics, University of Southern
Denmark, in co-operation with the Danish Institute of Agricultural and Fisheries
Economics (SJFI) welcomes you and the European Association of Fisheries
Economists (EAFE) to its Annual Conference. The Conference will be held at the
University of Southern Denmark, Esbjerg.
The purpose of the EAFE conference is to review some recent advances in the application of economics to fisheries management and to explore how economists can fit into the scientific community with respect to the search for sustainable solutions to the fishery problems.
It is the hope that the conference will
promote debate amongst research workers, managers and the representatives of the
special topics at the conference will include:
Capacity, capacity utilisation and technical efficiency in fishing
Fishery policies: The revision of the Common Fishery Policy
Market studies: Trade and Eco-labelling.
are invited within these special topics; but also papers on other issues within
fishery economics and management are welcome. There will be keynote speakers on
the sessions with the special topics.
Overcapacity is a common feature of many of the world's fisheries and can be a sign of ill management. However, not until recently no
effort has been done to the definition of capacity applied to fisheries and empirical work on how to measure overcapacity has been
limited to cases studies with no or little validity to other fisheries. There have been two FAO workshops on the issue and some
progress has been made, e.g. it has been agreed among other things how to
measure capacity. This entails, however, new and challenging theoretical and
empirical topics, for example:
How to handle the aggregation problem in multispecies fisheries?
Should capacity be measured at fisheries or fleet level?
Which empirical methods are the most promising?
Technical efficiency measures are basically output in terms of input and hence it can assist in answering the question on the connection between fishing mortality and fishing effort. The development over time in a measure of technical efficiency can provide information on
how well the industry performs.
revision of the EU fishery policy, Common Fishery Policy (CFP), is implemented
in 2001. In this session papers on all the aspects of the EU fishery policy are
invited. The papers may range from theoretical analysis of the fishery policy to
discussion and empirical papers on selected fisheries or policy problems. Among
the issues are:
What kind of problem does the coming CFP have to address?
What kind of regulation schemes is necessary?
What kind of consistency between the goals and the measures of the CFP is
Limitations in the policy due to globalisation
recent years a number of developments have taken place on food and seafood
markets. Aquaculture is increasingly becoming an important supply source in
addition to fisheries. Trade has been liberalised and tariffs reduced and today
further trade liberalisation is discussed. However, the liberalisation is met by
increasing anti-dumping duties, including non-tariff standards with respect to
consumer safety, animal health, production and packaging process etc. Markets in
the connecting links between fishermen and consumers have in many countries been
concentrated among few retail traders and multinational food companies are an
increasingly important factor in the distribution chain. Consumers are
increasingly considering environmental concerns as an important determinant in
their purchase decisions.
The size, structure and driving forces of these developments on seafood markets are increasingly subject to research, as well as the implications of these developments. For example, market delineation and integration on seafood markets are subject to considerable research, as recent developments in econometrics have made this possible. Eco-labelling is also subject to increasing research.
However, many unsolved issues in the area between seafood markets and fisheries
What is the structure of and linkages between seafood markets?
What are the implications of the developments for fisheries policies?
How do fisheries policies affect seafood markets and trade?
Is Eco-labelling as a demand-driven management tool a suitable
alternative to traditional supply-side fisheries management tools?
connection to the conference two workshops are arranged on the 12th
April 2000. The themes of these workshops are:
• Ecosystem management of the Baltic Sea Fisheries. This workshop is arranged by Ralf
Döring, University of Greifswald, Germany (see announcement
• Future prospects for the agriculture and fishery policy in the EU. This workshop is arranged
by Jørgen Drud Hansen and Villy Søgaard, University of Southern Denmark (further
The EAFE conferences are held in an open and informal atmosphere with time for discussions. We look forward to welcoming as many
as you as possible to Esbjerg
on 13th to 15th April 2000.
for the conference are 150 EURO for EAFE members, 200 EURO for non-members and
75 EURO for students, which covers transport, conference dinner, 3 lunches,
proceedings, etc. This announcement and other information including a
registration form can be found at the EAFE website on www.lei.wag-ur.nl/eafe
or at the website of the Department of Environmental and Business Economics on www.sam.sdu.dk/dept/ime.
These web pages are currently updated.
of the XIIth Conference of EAFE
of Environmental and Business Economics
of Southern Denmark
Bohrs Vej 9-10
(+45) 65 50 42 05 Fax: (+45) 65 50
for papers: Ecosystem management of the Baltic Sea fisheries (Esbjerg, 12th
Questions of ecosystem approaches to fisheries management are more and more important. To deal with ecological, economical and social sustainability an adequate co-operation between different disciplines is necessary. The Baltic Sea could be a very good example
for introduction of something like an ecosystem approach in fisheries management. In the brackish water environment live few fish
species and therefore we know a lot about the ecosystem and interactions between species. In addition all countries interesting in
fisheries cooperate in the
International Baltic Sea Fisheries Commission.
a workshop we want to work out between different disciplines what are possible
strategies to introduce an ecosystem approach in the Baltic Sea fisheries. Some
questions/themes the workshop could deal with:
Interactions between stocks and fishing fleets.
2. Economic and biological meaning of a precautionary approach or safe minimum
Current knowledge and knowledge gaps.
Is multidisciplinarity the way forward?
5. What does it mean from a biological and economic point of view to start a rebuild program
6. Is it possible to allow wider participation of stakeholders in the decision process about
TACs or technical measures in Baltic Sea fisheries?
Results from a similar workshop of ICES at their annual meeting in 1999
send an abstract of not more than 500 words before February 1 to:
Ralf Döring, University of Greifswald, Department of Landscape Economics, Grimmer Str. 88, D-17487 Greifswald. Tel: (+49) 3834 86 4127, Fax:
(+49) 3834 86 4107 or E-mail: email@example.com.