A number of Moses members participated in a webinar hosted by the Interreg funded Cabfishman project on the 30th June 2020. The Cabfishman project is headed by Moses partner member Dr. Arantza Murillas of AZTI and it focuses on sustainable small-scale fisheries (SSF) management in the Northeast Atlantic. The webinar dealt with the topic of the cultural and economic value of small-scale fisheries in the Northeast Atlantic region.
Chaired by Mark James of the Marine Alliance for Science and Technology for Scotland (MASTS) who highlighted that 80% of all vessels in the EU are operating in the SSF yet this sector is one of the most fragmented and knowledge poor sectors of marine fishing and this project aims to address some of the challenges faced by this sector. He was followed by Declan Tobin (Joint Nature Conservation Committee) & Paulo Vasconcelos (IPMA) who discussed how they are attempting to assess the ecological footprint of the SSF. Moses member, Dr. Arantza Murillas, then presented her work with Dr. David Castilla (University of Huelva) on undertaking an ecosystem services approach to measure changes in socioeconomic welfare of SSF and the regions where they operate. By using an ecosystem services approach they hope to achieve a more holistic view of the value of SSF to society in the Atlantic area of Europe.
An ecosystem services approach is also being taken by Dr. Arantza Murillas in her group’s work with MOSES on development of a pressure index and the synergies of the two projects (MOSES and Cabfishman) demonstrate how the work in MOSES is providing support for other projects in Europe’s Atlantic Area region. More detail on the webinar can be found here.