Work Package 4

Ecologically sustainable development in fisheries, aquaculture, and sea food processing requires increased human capacity, improved governance and stakeholder engagement.

According to these principles, Work-Package 4 addresses together the outreach/dissemination and the Human Capacity Building (HCB) Tasks through 4 main Sub-Tasks: project’s dissemination, case study showcases, mobility for Human Capacity Building, and training for Human Capacity Building.

WP4 will investigate the current status and needs of capacity development of European fisheries, aquaculture, and sea food processing in order to identify gaps and bridges and then suggest concrete actions focusing on mobility and training. In the meanwhile transversally dissemination activities will be tailored with the objectives of awareness, understanding and action: make user groups/audiences aware of and understand the works of COFASP project; make user groups/audiences able to adopt actions. Through case studies COFASP will seek development of joint research programs in fisheries, aquaculture and seafood science that can act as concrete examples of how trans-national alignment of research agendas can serve the development of a resource-efficient Europe and promote the involvement and the building of a new marine citizenship.

Capacity building and development relate indeed to the ability of institutions and individuals to make decisions about sustainable development and perform management functions in an effective, efficient, and sustainable way. The different perspectives of multi-sectorial approaches in HCB activities which are on-going in the marine sector (e.g. HCB in Baltic Region, HCB in SEAS-ERA and Human Capacity Building in the framework of the JPI Oceans’ process) need to be considered, in order to build a specific mobility plan on COFASP research priorities within a shared strategic vision. Taking into account previous projects’ findings and reviewing mobility schemes, a strategic mobility plan as well as a staff exchange scheme agenda will be drafted under Task 4.3.

Finally, this Work Package will investigate training needs and skill gaps for a sustainable development in European fisheries, aquaculture, and sea food processing with the goal of giving advice on training needs and to develop and provide needed training in the future. Training, indeed, develops knowledge, skills and attitudes linked to particular forms of employment.