The MareFrame Decision Support Framework

Abstract: 

The overall objective is to develop, test and adapt a decision support framework (DSF) that serves, to provide an evidence basis for policy makers and other stakeholders about the trade-off between various management options on a multispecies basis.

Sea Basin(s): 
Year: 
2015
Application in MSP: 
Taken into account in an MSP process
Sectors: 
Fishery
Type of Issue: 
Ecosystem-based approach
Stakeholders
Type of practice: 
Tools
Cross-border / trans-national aspect: 
Yes

Questions this practice may help answer

  • How can a pragmatic planning process be created for moving towards an Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management in the different sea basins?
  • How can a tool be developed that serves to provide an evidence basis for policy makers and other stakeholders?

Implementation Context

The Mareframe project focuses on Developing options for supporting and maintaining a balanced marine community, incorporating the socio-economic components. This is done by developing innovative visualization tools, using 3D gaming technology, and develops innovative learning simulations to communicate scientific results and management scenarios, in order to raise public awareness towards the conservation of biodiversity.. The MareFrame Decision Support Framework is a pragmatic planning process for moving towards an Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management.

Aspects / Objectives

Develop, test and adapt a decision support framework (DSF) that serves to provide an evidence basis for policy makers and other stakeholders about the trade-off between various management options on a multispecies basis.

Method

The DSF is a central outcome of the MareFrame project. The data for the framework is compiled during the project. The following actions have lead to the development of the DSF:

  • Identification of DSF clients and their needs and priorities
  • Ecosystem data, models and assessments for each case
  • Eevaluation of DSF prototypes

Main Outputs / Results

The Decision Support tool shows a map with the results of the individual case studies dealt with in de MareFrame project. These studies refer to the following areas:

  1. Iceland
  2. West Coast of Scotland
  3. North Sea
  4. Baltic Sea
  5. Gulf of Cádiz
  6. Strait of Sicily
  7. Black Sea

Transferability

  • The findings of the case studies are referring to the individual sea basins. They are not directly transferrable, however can form a source of inspiration for other projects and practices.
  • The set up of a decision support framework is not directed towards any location and is therefore transferrable.

Responsible Entities

MareFrame consists of an international consortium of 28 partners from 14 countries and 3 continents, including an extensive array of leading researchers from natural and social sciences as well as the Advisory Councils, the multi-stakeholders platform within the Common Fisheries Policy.

Contact Person

MareFrame

 

Email: contact@mareframe-fp7.org

annak@matis.is

steinar@matis.is

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