Dissemination and exploitation plan
About 20% of the catch of the European fishing fleet is obtained from non-European waters. Access to these waters is often based on agreements with coastal states that allow the EU fleet to fish from surplus stocks in return for financing of infrastructure development in the fisheries sector. These agreements have been criticized, as these fisheries are often poorly regulated and management decisions are sometimes based on limited knowledge, compliance, and enforcement capabilities. It is also too often the case that trust between stakeholders is lacking. The aim of FarFish is to overcome these hurdles. The FarFish project is designed around six case study areas in which the European operators are actively engaged in fishing activities, including Cape Verde, Mauritania, Senegal and Seychelles, as well as the international seas in the southeast and southwest Atlantic. In this context of geographic, economic and cultural diversity, the project will gain insights into the sustainability commercially important species such as tuna, hake, mackerel, sardines, octopus, shrimp, and other relevant fisheries. The project will contribute to the exploitation at or below corresponding Maximum Sustainable Yields (MSY) for these fisheries. FarFish aims to improve sustainability and profitability of the European fishing fleet operating outside European waters. FarFish brings together 21 organisations and agencies across Europe, Africa and South America in addition to a number of international organizations. This plan for the dissemination of knowledge and exploitation of FarFish describes the project partners’ strategies and actions related to the exploitation, dissemination and communication of the project results. The plan will be revised and updated on a continuous basis. The FarFish consortium aims to disseminate and communicate the results and recommendations obtained from the project’s work to all relevant parties, including FarFish partners, stakeholders and the general public. The use of efficient and productive internal and external communication, actions, tools and participative events will ensure that all target groups are reached. This plan describes how the new knowledge and tools created will be exploited and disseminated, and defines a clear set of actions in the project timeline including; purpose, target groups, methods, vehicles, timing, indicators and success criteria.