Comparative Evaluations of Innovative Solutions in European fisheries management (CEVIS)

EVIS examined four ideas: the use of participatory approaches to fisheries governance; rights-based regimes; effort-control regimes and decision-rule systems. CEVIS assessed the ideas in respect to four objectives: biological robustness; economic efficiency; the cost effectiveness of management activities; and social robustness.

The research began with a close look at cases of innovative fisheries management in non-EU countries. Visits were made to four places outside the EU that have similar fisheries and have implemented the above four types of innovations. These places were Iceland, Alaska, Canada and New Zealand.

CEVIS had two final products. The first was an Innovation Evaluation Framework made up of indicators of inputs and outcomes in relation to the four general management objectives. This will be an aid to fisheries managers wishing to assess the suitability of possible changes in EU fisheries management practices. The second was a report on four European case studies that evaluates the potential regime-level innovations for use in European fisheries management. The four European test-cases included one outside the EU, the Faeroe Islands, and three EU cases: the Baltic Sea, the North Sea and the Western Shelf.