FIS010: Innovation in governance & management

Start Date: Apr 2016

End Date: Feb 2017

Main Contractor(s): MRAG

Other Sponsor(s): European Maritime and Fisheries Fund

Extended Title: Innovation in Scottish fisheries governance and management structures

Main Research Category: Management

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Project Objectives

Scotland’s marine fishing industry is one of the largest in Europe and has been at the forefront of innovative management measures for the last few decades [1]. Furthermore, Scotland is increasingly encouraging stakeholder participation in the decision-making process [2]. The project proposed in this application will build on this foundation of innovation and inclusivity by investigating approaches to stakeholder engagement, co-management and co-production of policies. The aim is to provide advice on how novel approaches to stakeholder engagement, co-management and co-production of policies could fit into the current system, or how it may be developed to ensure suitability and clarity of roles for the future.

To achieve this aim the project has five specific objectives: produce an overview of the current system; provide international comparisons of innovative good-governance; develop and implement an iterative stakeholder consultation process; synthesise findings in order to provide advice on developing a fisheries governance and management system suitable for the future, and how to ensure clarity regarding stakeholder roles within governance.

This project’s relevance lies in its innovative and cost-effective approach, which promises a robust stakeholder engagement process. It employs a rigorous quantitative and qualitative Delphi approach to generate, review and incorporate stakeholder views remotely, thus removing geographic challenges and time constraints and increasing opportunity for stakeholder participation. This proposal meets the collective needs of FIS, in that it incorporates all stakeholders in a formal research structure, directly in line with FIS’s remit. Expanding opportunity for stakeholder dialogue provides stakeholders with a greater collective understanding of future challenges and enables them to reflect on the potential future roles of industry, management and other stakeholders in response. The results of this proposal are expected to action further research initiatives to pilot alternative and novel forms of governance, contributing to future measurable impacts. Furthermore, we will develop a peer-reviewed publication to demonstrate the credibility of the proposed assessment.