The NFFO asks id the Future of Inshore Fisheries Initiative die?
The National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations (NFFO) has taken stock of what happened to the Future of Inshore Fisheries Initiative.
“Amid COVID-19 and the general post-TCA gloom, many are wondering what happened to the Future of Inshore Fisheries initiative, writes the Organisation. “The vivid flash of inspiration and optimism when fishers and managers got together, in October 2019, for the wildly successful FOIF conference seems like an eternity ago. Since then, we have been through the mill and there has been a disturbing silence about the follow up to the conference. The UK’s failure to secure an exclusive 12-mile limit seems like a nail in the coffin lid for the project.”
Future of Our Inshore Fisheries (FOIF) was designed to bring active fisherman and industry leaders together with policy makers, regulators and academics. It aims to ensure that inshore fisheries are managed to deliver a viable and profitable inshore fishing industry that supports flourishing coastal communities.
In June 2020, the project steering group released the conference report and an action plan setting out a programme of work for the next 12 to 18 months.
The conference report detailed the conference presentations, the findings from group discussion sessions and the results of live polling. The report concluded by recognising that the scale of change which is wanted and needed is significant, and that developing and implementing solutions will take time.
Based on the priority areas identified by conference participants and the findings of the report, the steering group identified five themes that will shape future work:
- collaborative science
- credible fisheries management
- rights and access
- effective compliance.
The action plan was the first attempt to set out clear, deliverable actions across these themes that was be progressed over the next 12–18 months, from policy provisions to a series of pilot studies.
In an in-depth review of the current situation of the FOIF, the NFFO examines details of the initiative such as co-management and asks if it is a real thing or just a word.
Other areas on the article asks what has happened since the Conference and asks what are the alternative?
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