Authors: George Vlahos*, Agricultural University of Athens, Evdokia-Dimitra Tsakalou, Agricultural University of Athens, Paolo Prosperi, University of Pisa- Department of Agriculture, Food and Environment , James Kirwan, HNEE University for Sustainable Development, Eberswalde, Erik Mathijs, KU Leuven - Division of Bioeconomics
Topics: Marine and Coastal Resources, Environment, food systems
Keywords: Fisheries, certification, sustainability, institutional arrangements
Session Type: Guided Poster
Start / End Time: 1:10 PM / 2:50 PM
Room: Roosevelt 3.5, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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The difficulty of dealing with a common pool resource is aggravated when this resource is shared among different states, as in the case of fisheries. In the framework of Horizon 2020 research project ‘Sustainable finance for Sustainable agriculture and fisheries (contract No 63557), we focused on institutional arrangements in the fisheries sector through Media Content analysis, focus groups and workshops as well as in depth interviews with stakeholders. We present an example of horizontal co-operation among fishers and vertical co-ordination between fishers and retailers in Kavala, Northern Aegean Archipelago, Eastern Mediterranean.
A collective of fishers, with the catalytic role of an environmental NGO collaborated with the administration, research institutes and retailers to achieve a Marine Stewardship Council certification for fresh anchovy and sardines. This market initiative constitutes a rather innovative tool for the sustainable management of fisheries in the Mediterranean. The small number of fishers and the nature of catch, seem to have been favourable internal conditions while market conditions, coincidence of the activity of a specialised research Institute and an environmental NGO the defining external factors .
The expression of this bottom up approach has been the establishment of self imposed limitations for the fleet that seemed to improve the market position of operators and increase their power within the value chain. Working conditions for the operators as well as the workers have been improved and at the same time a positive environmental impact was anticipated since there has been a reduction in the fishing efforts.