Facilitating fisheries governance in the Baltic by creating a national stakeholder platform in Poland

In order to build broad national consensus on fisheries issues in Poland, this project will consolidate and build on the network of stakeholders, which was established in a project lead by Ilan Chabay (2007-2009). The expectation is that through intensive dialogue contribute to more effective fisheries management in the Baltic Sea.

The Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) was created for the European Commission to enabaling a sustainable manner in fisheries issues. To facilitate the implementation of the CFP the European Commission wanted to engage various stakeholders in the decision-making process. This led to the establishment of seven regional advisory councils (RAC). The RACs prepare and provide the Commission with recommendations on how to make decisions concerning fisheries. They consist of two-thirds of representatives from the fishing industry and fishermen and one third of representatives from other organisations. The RACs recommendations are based on calculations and analysis of data compiled by various researchers. Researchers are only observers in the councils, not members.

The objective of this project is to create, facilitate and institutionalize a national platform in Poland, consisting of various stakeholders to be able to reach consensus on fisheries-related issues. The network of stakeholders will narrow the gap between the RAC and the stakeholders at grassroots level and will contribute to a more inviting and more effective fisheries management process.


Project status

Start: 2010-03-28
End: 2011-12-31


Project manager

Ilan Chabay, Chalmers Tekniska Högskola