Ecosystem approach to fisheries

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General information

Maintaining healthy ecosystems and a vibrant fishing sector is of paramount importance to all coastal and riparian regions in the world. One of the tasks of the fisheries manager is to make sure that the interests of the fishery sector are considered and epresented versus the claims and interests of other user groups. The ecosystem approach takes the wider ecosystem, its interactions with fisheries and the interests of other users into consideration.

This course is suitable for you if you:

  • would like to understand better what Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries (EAF) is
  • would like to learn how you can apply EAF in your fisheries situation
  • like to learn how to analyse fisheries catch and effort data and evaluate better.

The first part of the course will focus on various approaches to fisheries management; in particular the Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries will be explained. We will use the toolbox developed by FAO to support a transition to EAF. In the second part the focus will be on fisheries data and the information that can be derived from catch and effort data. You will be taught analytical tools that fit well in an EAF. In the last part you will hone your skills in collecting socio-economic data. If the circumstances allow, we will take you to a Dutch fisheries setting and you will collect information from various stake holders. Various tools to analyse the information thus collected will be put in practice. In the process you will develop insight in some of the issues the Dutch fisheries sector is dealing with. 

At the end of the course we will pay special attention to some fisheries management topics that are of special relevance for this group. During the course participants will gradually learn each other’s background and exchange problems, experiences and possible solutions. To enable an exchange of experiences a number of years with relevant working experience is required. We will apply various training methods: lectures and discussions, individual and group assignments, films and role play. During part of the course you will work as far as possible with your own digital data sets (catch and effort time series). Rapid Rural Appraisal techniques and stake-holder analysis tools will be practised when we are in the field. 

Learning outcome:

Upon completion of the course you will:
• have a better understanding of the ecosystem approach to fisheries (EAF);
• know the steps that lead to application of EAF in your own situation;
• know how to analyse fisheries catch and effort data;
• be better equipped to evaluate the information that results from these data.


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Venue: Wageningen University
Wageningen, Netherlands

Research Institute: Wageningen UR Centre for Development Innovation
PO BOX 88, 6700 AA Wageningen



3.800€. The cost includes the administration fee, costs of lecture material and of field trips (as far as they are included in the programme). An estimation of additional costs such as extra learning material, accommodation and insurance is around 6.075€.


Applicants should meet the following requirements:

- Academic degree (BSc or equivalent) in a discipline relevant for fisheries management (such as fisheries science, coastal zone management, community development, biology, 
extension, social science, economy, etc;
- At least 3 years of relevant working experience in fisheries management, research, higher education in fisheries-related subjects, fisheries extension & training, development of coastal or lake-side communities or other fisheries-related work fields;
- Competence in English language.

Application Procedure:

Register for the course using the online registration form(link is external). If this is the first time you register for a CDI (Centre for Development and Innovation) course in Wageningen University, then you need to create an account. After creating a new account you will receive an activation link in your e-mail (please also check your spambox). Complete the two pages of this form, and when ready press submit.

Application Deadline: 10 August 2015

Deadline NFP & MENA: 24 March 2015

Grant Opportunities:

CDI is unable to assist you in obtaining financial support, however if you want to apply for a NFP/MENA Fellowship, CDI will provide you with the full instructions and the web address for registration in ATLAS. You can check the eligibility at NFP or MENA A limited number of scholarships is available. As this application process takes time and requires several documents, we recommend that you start as soon as possible. 


Academic level: Lifelong Learning
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