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Connecting Science Stakeholders and Policy

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European Commission FP7 Capacities Programme



About the Project:

GAP2 is building upon the success of GAP1, an 18 months project running from 2007 to 2009, also funded by the European Commission’s FP7 programme. Among the many and varied outputs of GAP1 were 15 fisher-science partnerships from across 11 different European countries, which formed the basis of GAP2’s case studies.

Many of Europe's fish stocks are in a poor state. In the past, centralised fisheries management policies have not always resonated with the people and communities whose livelihoods depend on fishing.

With reform of the EU's Common Fisheries Policy now underway, GAP2 wants to demonstrate that by working together scientists, fishermen and policy makers can find sustainable solutions to the challenging issues of fisheries management.

The project thus brings scientists, fishermen and policy makers together. How the project does this ranges from funding exchange trips between research and management organisations, to engaging with wider society about fisheries management, to coordinating 13 research projects (case studies) centered upon fishers and scientists working together.

The GAP approach to scientific research is to work in partnership with stakeholders in developing and planning ideas, undertaking the research and communicating the outcomes. Through the course of the work, the project demonstrates and reflects upon the value of working together on issues of shared interest. In addition, strengthening global networks and undertaking exchange activities contributes to establishing good practice on participatory approaches in relevant to EU fisheries governance. 

GAP2 13 case studies (source: project website)

Project partners

  • Centre for Environment, Fisheries, & Aquaculture Science – Lead Partner (UK)
  • 36 other partners, from 11 different European countries, who work in regional and national government research agencies and fisheries organisations, universities, civil society organisations and media organisations.