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November 1999 No. 14

The European Association of Fisheries Economists



XIIth Annual Conference of EAFE - Esbjerg, Denmark, 13-15 April 2000


The 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 fishing industry.


The special topics at the conference will include:


         Capacity, capacity utilisation and technical efficiency in fishing industries

         Fishery policies: The revision of the Common Fishery Policy

         Market studies: Trade and Eco-labelling.


Papers 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.


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.


The 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 appropriate?

         Limitations in the policy due to globalisation


In 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 policies remain:


         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?



In 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 below)

         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 

        information vs@sam.sdu.dk)


Conference details

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.


Costs 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.


Further information

Secretariat of the XIIth Conference of EAFE

Anne-Marie Grinderslev                                                                                                     

Department of Environmental and Business Economics

University of Southern Denmark                                                          

Niels Bohrs Vej 9-10

DK-6700 Esbjerg

E-mail: amg@sam.sdu.dk

Tel: (+45) 65 50 42 05  Fax: (+45) 65 50 10 91



Call for papers: Ecosystem management of the Baltic Sea fisheries (Esbjerg, 12th April 2000)

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.

In 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:


1.          Interactions between stocks and fishing fleets.

2.          Economic and biological meaning of a precautionary approach or safe minimum 


3.          Current knowledge and knowledge gaps.

4.          Is multidisciplinarity the way forward?

5.          What does it mean from a biological and economic point of view to start a rebuild program  

           for cod.

6.          Is it possible to allow wider participation of stakeholders in the decision process about 

           TACs or technical measures in Baltic Sea fisheries?

7.          Results from a similar workshop of ICES at their annual meeting in 1999


Please 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: doering@mail.uni-greifswald.de.


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