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Influences of discourse on decision-making in EU fisheries management: the case of North Sea cod (<i>Gadus morhua</i>)

Alyne E. Delaney, H. Anne McLay and Wim L. T. van Densen

in ICES Journal of Marine Science

Published on behalf of ICES/CIEM

Volume 64, issue 4, pages 804-810
Published in print May 2007 | ISSN: 1054-3139
Published online March 2007 | e-ISSN: 1095-9289 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/icesjms/fsm015
Influences of discourse on decision-making in EU fisheries management: the case of North Sea cod (Gadus morhua)

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Delaney, A. E., McLay, H. A., and van Densen, W. L. T. 2007. Influences of discourse on decision-making in EU fisheries management: the case of North Sea cod (Gadus morhua). – ICES Journal of Marine Science, 64: 804–810.

Does public debate have an influence on decision-making in European fisheries management? Our premise is that for fisheries management to be viewed as legitimate, stakeholders should be included in the process. Because the first step towards stakeholder participation is letting their voices be heard, we analysed the public debate surrounding the management of North Sea cod, focusing on two aspects: the mixed fisheries problem of total allowable catch management and the causes of cod decline. Using standard social-science methodologies including discourse analysis, participant observation, and qualitative interviews, we suggest that the public debate has not had a direct effect on year-to-year management decisions. Still, it can be argued that the debate has influenced the attitude of those involved in the management system and, therefore, has had an impact on the changes in the management and advisory system that are taking place, although these take place at different levels and speeds than expected.

Keywords: CFP; discourse; EU decision-making; fisheries management; North Sea cod; policy; public debate; stakeholder participation

Journal Article.  5964 words. 

Subjects: Environmental Science ; Marine and Estuarine Biology

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