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Last updated: 18/06/2014

Scientific Advice for Fisheries Management At Multiple Scales (SAFMAMS) was a Specific Support Action (SSA) funded by the EU 6th framework programme.

The project aimed to draw insights from existing research projects and management processes on the most useful forms of scientific advice for marine environmental management, and then communicate those insights to scientists and decision makers. The primary focus of the project was fisheries management in Northern Europe. SAFMAMS was completed in July 2008.

Both fisheries management and marine natural processes take place at different scales. While the marine ecosystem functions at multiple levels, most management actions are implemented at the local level. The scientific knowledge that management is based on must therefore come from observations made at multiple scales. Hence, scale had a central role in the SAFMAMS project.

The SAFMAMS partnership included institutions from three main stakeholder groups in marine management: the fishing industry, the marine conservation community and scientists. Under SAFMAMS, the Fisheries Secretariat was part of a project consortium consisting of the following organisations, with Doug Wilson at the Institute for Fisheries Management (IFM) as coordinator:

  • The Institute for Fisheries Management (Doug Wilson)
  • Loughine Limited (Anthony Hawkins)
  • The Danish Pelagic Producers Organisation (Christian Olesen)
  • Gothenburg University, Human Ecology Section (Christina Höj Larsen)
  • International Council for the Exploration of the Sea, The Baltic Sea Regional Project (Jan Thulin)
  • The Estonian Marine Institute (Henn Ojaveer)
  • The Fisheries Secretariat (Niki Sporrong/Magnus Eckeskog)

The Specific Support Action consisted of three basic tasks:

  • Collation of information relevant to the forms that scientific advice can and should take from research projects focused on fisheries management.
  • Interaction between seven sets of stakeholders involved in fisheries management decision-making to help sharpen the practical lessons gathered from the research results (case studies).
  • Consultation of a broader set of stakeholders involved in marine management on the lessons learnt from the case studies.

The Fisheries Secretariat’s role

The Fisheries Secretariat was responsible for Work package 6, with the purpose of building a network for developing forms of scientific advice for wider marine environmental management. This included creating a catalogue of the various actors involved in different aspects of marine environmental management around the North Sea, the Baltic Sea included. The catalogue is accessible to the public at our website. Within the project, it was used to identify stakeholders for a workshop taking place in October 2007, bringing together scientists and other users to discuss different forms of scientific advice and how it can be improved.

Further information and materials published as a result of the SAFMAMS project is available on its website: