The VIIth Annual Conference
of the European Association of Fisheries Economist (EAFE) was held in
Portsmouth from 10-12 April 1995 and was hosted by the University of Portsmouth's
Centre for the Economics and Management of Aquatic Resources (CEMARE).
The Conference opened with
a session on Production Functions, and this was followed by another
on organisational aspects of The Fishing Industry. The Institutional
and Management Measures session again attracted a variety of
An innovative area was covered by a session which considered Valuing
the Marine Environment and Managing the Coastal Zone. Looking to the
future, there was a session on Aquaculture and Stock Enhancement.
The quality and range of
papers presented at the Conference and published in these Proceedings
reflect the remarkable growth in EAFE since its inauguration in Brussels
in 1989. They show the wide range of research being carried out into
fisheries economics throughout Europe and highlight some of the controversies
stimulating discussion among those involved in fisheries research. These
proceedings, necessarily, are unable to indicate the debate that was
generated both during and outside the formal Conference Sessions.
We were especially pleased
at the attendance of Stephen Wentworth, the Fisheries Secretary at the
UK Ministry of
Fisheries & Food (MAFF), who welcomed delegates to Britain on
behalf of the Government Fisheries Minister, and Alan Radford and James
Muir who gave keynote addresses. I should like to express my thanks
and those of EAFE to the sponsors of the Conference, who included the
University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth City Council, The Lord Mayor of
Portsmouth and EMAP Business Communications (publishers of Fishing
News and Fishing News International). Special thanks are
also due to MAFF for their support and interest.
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