Report on EFFOP 2022 Biennial


EUROFISH Magazine August 2022 edition

In its August 2022 issue, the Eurofish magazine published an extended article on the EFFOP 2022 Biennial which took place in Skagen just before the summer break.

The article focused on topics such as the supply of fishmeal and oil in relation to the projected growth in aquaculture, the relatively low GHG emission levels of fishmeal and fish oil, the correlation between climate change impacts and traceability and how the industry works dedicated to ensure correct weighing and sorting catches to reduce fraud.

We encourage our readers to read the whole article here and thank Eurofish for their participation in our conference.


A call for adaptive, flexible and well informed fisheries management


Ten lessons on the resilience of the EU common fisheries policy towards climate change and fuel efficiency

A new study by a group of fisheries research scientists shows that European Union (EU) fisheries are likely resilient to climate-driven shortterm stresses, but may be negatively impacted by long-term trends in climate change. Fisheries’ long-term stock resilience can be improved (and therefore be more resilient to increasing changes in climate) by adopting robust and adaptive fisheries management, provided such measures are based on sound scientific advice which includes uncertainty.

However, high resilience of the exploited ecosystem does not necessarily lead to the resilience of the economy of EU fisheries from suffering shocks associated with reduced yields, neither to a reduced carbon footprint if fuel use increases from lower stock abundances. Fuel consumption is impacted by stock development, but also by changes in vessel and gear technologies, as well as fishing techniques. In this respect, energy-efficient fishing technologies already exist within the EU, though implementing them would require improving the uptake of innovations and demonstrating to stakeholders the potential for both reduced fuel costs and increased catch rates. A transition towards reducing fuel consumption and costs would need to be supported by the setup of EU regulatory instruments.

Overall, to effectively manage EU fisheries within a changing climate, flexible, adaptive, well-informed and well-enforced management is needed, with incentives provided for innovations and ocean literacy to cope with the changing conditions, while also reducing the dependency of the capture fishing industry on fossil fuels. To support such management, the scientists provide 10 lessons to characterize ‘win-win’ fishing strategies for the European Union, which develop leverages in which fishing effort deployed corresponds to Maximum Sustainable Yield targets and Common Fisheries Policy minimal effects objectives.

The 10 lessons described in the study:
Lesson 1. Healthy and well-managed stocks are highly resilient to short term stress, but not long-term climate change
Lesson 2. A well-informed fisheries management makes EU stocks more resilient
Lesson 3. Including environmental considerations makes EU stocks more resilient
Lesson 4. Stocks are not isolated but part of an ecosystem that must also be resilient
Lesson 5. EU fisheries’ economic resilience depends on current profitability
Lesson 6. Stock developments are likely to have collateral effects on fuel reduction targets (or other ecosystem components)
Lesson 7. Many economic aspects could come into play in changing fuel use including a change in fuel intensity and fuel-catch efficiency
Lesson 8. A large panel of technologies to reduce fuel use in fisheries already exist
Lesson 9. The actual uptake of technological innovations is still low because of impediments and regulatory barriers
Lesson 10. The governance of fisheries should support adaptive and flexible management

Using the strategies outlined in the study the authors summaries the following results: higher catch is obtained in the long run, less fuel is spent to attain the catch, and the fisheries have a higher resistance and resilience to shock and long-term factors to face climate-induced stresses.

Download and read the whole study and lessons learned here


Economic Report on the Fish Processing Industry (STECF)


The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture (SOFIA) 2022


The 2022 edition of The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture coincides with the launch of the Decade of Action to deliver the Global Goals, the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development and the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. It presents how these and other equally important United Nations events, such as the International Year of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture (IYAFA 2022), are being integrated and supported through Blue Transformation, a priority area of FAO’s new Strategic Framework 2022–2031 designed to accelerate achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in food and agriculture.

Implementation of an Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management


On 24th June, the EFFOP secretariat participated in the Fisheries Science Seminar on 24 June 2022 organized by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE). The focus of the seminar (webinar) was on “Implementation of an Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management (EAFM)”.

In the current context of rapid climate and ocean changes, but also of increasing awareness about a wide range of various human impacts on ecosystems, there are growing needs to further take into account ecosystems considerations when managing fisheries. The science seminar provided an opportunity to take stock of the most recent developments in implementing an EAFM, and to identify potential areas requiring further actions, as well as the corresponding needs in terms of the scientific advice required for the policy makers.

The seminar agenda can be downloaded here

The seminar was recorded and to watch the seminar click here.

A report from the seminar is available here

MEESO project stakeholder modelling workshop


EFFOP is partner in the MEESO project (Ecologically and economically sustainable mesopelagic fisheries). On Tuesday 21 June, we participated in a MEESO stakeholder modelling workshop. In the ocean the  mesopelagic zone extends from 200 to 1,000 meters below the surface. This area is known as the twilight zone, as it sits between the epipelagic zone, which receives the most light, and the bathypelagic zone, which receives no light.

The workshop discussed the scientific models used in the project in relation to a mesopelagic fishery. It was shown what the models can do, the parameters used and the indicators they produce. The models and its expected outcome were discussed.

A main goal in the MEESO project is to contribute to global food security by the investigation of the potential for sustainable fishing of mesopelagic species. There is a need for finding new raw materials to produce marine ingredients (fishmeal and fish oil) for feed in the growing aquaculture industry but also as food supplement for malnutritioned humans. Therefore, the MEESO project aim to find the balance between using the natural resources and at the same time not damaging the environment and sustainability.

A report from the workshop will be produced and if interested please feel free to contact the EFFOP secretariat for a copy when it is ready.

Scientific knowledge and major questions about the twilight zone’s role in carbon sequestration have recently been publiced in a report from WHOI  – read the report here. The report suggests new considerations and tools for decision-makers that can shape future marine policy.