Social transformations on small-scale fisheriesInternal

SocialSMF

Activity Overview

Type: Foresight Workshop
Start Date: February 24, 2016
End Date: February 26, 2016
Venue: Brest (France)
Contact: Katia Frangoudes
E-mail: Katia.Frangoudes [at] univ-brest.fr
Funding Call: EuroMarine 2015 Call for Proposals
Decision Body: EuroMarine Steering Committee
Total Budget: €7,470
Funds Granted: €4,000

Manager(s): Katia Frangoudes
Co-organiser(s): Cristina Pita

Ten stakeholders from the fishing industry and research will meet in the University de Bretagne Occidentale to investigate the type and magnitude of social transformations experienced by small-scale fisheries (SSF) and the types of predictable and unpredictable changes that are currently driving these transformations.

The workshop will study these social transformations to investigate how SSF have responded to ecological, economic and institutional drivers and changes during the last decade. This will assist the participants in developing plausible future scenarios of SSF to ensure the resilience of coastal communities. This discussion will contribute to providing key information about the local dynamics of SSF currently unavailable in official databases and reports. By identifying the barriers in relation to current social transformations and the best plausible future scenarios, a complete and holistic understanding can be realised.

The main outcome will be the creation of a European platform for SSF research (SmallFishNet) to foster interdisciplinary work on ecological, social and economic issues related to SSF in Europe. A position paper about the social transformations of SSF will be put forward for publication. The workshop will set up a basis for the preparation of a consortium who can apply for European research proposals. This new knowledge will help to guide future research and provide a solid knowledge base for the implementation of European marine governance Directives. Innovative interdisciplinary approaches to research on SSF will be developed, accounting for the various social, economic, biological, management and governance components of SSF. 

The three days discussion during the workshop pointed out that the current concept use by the different scientists to study the Social transformations of Marine Social Ecological System is targeting mainly the natural system and less the social system. The development of a conceptual network to investigate social transformation of marine SES was considered by participants as necessary.Given that there is a wide range of drivers and impacts generating social transformations which are often difficult to systematize, the participants proposed new guidelines which includes a set of seven steps for analysing social transformations of marine SES.

The new knowledge generated by this project contributes to: a) provide key information about the local dynamics of the marine SES currently unavailable in official databases and reports but with potential global effects on the management of marine SES, b) recognize the spatial and temporal dimensions of social transformations, c) indicate what are the adaptive strategies social actors have been developing over time, d) identify the barriers (if any) that fishers, enterprises and institutions are facing in relation to current social transformations, and f) identify the best plausible management strategies and scenarios in which they could start or continue navigating into resilient and sustainable trajectories.

Update

  • Preliminary results of this project were presented at the ICES MSEAS “Understanding marine socio-ecological systems: including the human dimension in Integrated Ecosystem Assessments” hold in Brest (France) in 30 May-3 June 2016: (Villasante S, Jentoft S, Guyader O, Pita C, Frangoudes K, Garcia B, Garcia Rodrigues J, Macho G, Moreno A, Pierce GP, Santos MB, Ulloa E, Chuenpadgee R, Himes Cornel A, Laurans M, Mongruel R, Pascual- Fernández J, Scemama P, van Holt T, Coll M, Thébaud O (2016a) A new conceptual framework to understand social transformations of marine social-ecological systems, ICES Conference Brest (France), June 1st, 2016.)(Villasante S, Jentoft S, Guyader O, Pita C, Frangoudes K, Garcia B, Garcia Rodrigues J, Macho G, Moreno A, Pierce GP, Santos MB, Ulloa E, Chuenpadgee R, Himes Cornel A, Laurans M, Mongruel R, Pascual- Fernández J, Scemama P, van Holt T, Coll M, Thébaud O (2016) Complex and interconnected drivers in marine socio-ecological systems: evidence of social transformations in European fisheries, ICES Conference Brest (France), June 1st, 2016).
  • The final results of the project will be disseminated through the publication of scientific papers in peer review journal. The research team also plans to organize a Special Issue to be published in a high quality and open access journal.
  • The European researchers’ platform for small-scale fisheries (SSF) research is operating within the frame of the Too Big to Ignore (TBTI) research network conducted by Ratana Chuenpagdee from Memorial University in Canada. A publication of a book on European Small Scale Fisheries is also an action undertaken within the TBTI frame.