Workshop – Addressing the legal challenges

On 15 February 2017, ClimeFish and the K.G. Jebsen Centre for the Law of the Sea (JCLOS) held a workshop in Tromsø on “Common sense and juridical answers to arising problems due to changes in fish species distribution” with a particular focus on the North-East Atlantic fisheries. The meeting was the first step within the ClimeFish project in addressing the legal challenges when developing strategies for marine fisheries, aquaculture and lake and pond production.

Among the participants there were experts in fish biology, fisheries, Regional Fisheries Management Organizations and international law.

The report issued from the workshop examines the recent history and current situation of the management of North-East Atlantic fisheries. It looks also at future challenges induced by variations in fish stock distribution by providing an overview of the issues to be addressed regarding access to resources from States which are not already participating in the quota negotiations: participatory rights and coastal State status on the one side and criteria and procedures for allocation of quotas on the other.

As a next step ClimeFish will examine the situation regarding aquaculture. We would also like to draw attention to the workshop on “Natural Marine Resource Management in a Changing Climate” organized by JCLOS for 13-14 June 2017 which will seek to re-examine management approaches of ocean and marine resources in light of global climate change.

More information here.