Stakeholders gather in Edinburgh to discuss challenges for the external Commons Fisheries Policy

PhD students at the University of Edinburgh convene Fisheries symposium

On 11 May 2018, PhD students Mihail Vatsov, Cleo Davies and Richard Tepper convened a symposium on the External Challenges for the Common Fisheries Policy. Mihail, Cleo and Richard are all co-convenors of the Edinburgh Europa Research Group (EERG).

The symposium was an academic event, yet it managed to bring together various stakeholders, such as policymakers, academics and practitioners from organisations including DG MARE, the Long Distance Advisory Council (LDAC), the Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries (STECF), the Scottish Government (Marine Scotland), Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe), and the Spanish Embassy in London.

This one-day event produced rich discussions on various pressing  challenges faced externally by the Common Fisheries Policy. The discussions were aimed at addressing those challenges from both legal and political science perspectives.The extreme rarity of such an academic event, dealing with the Common Fisheries Policy and its external dimension, made this a high-profile event in relevant circles.

Four different challenges were discussed during the symposium: Brexit; Illegal Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing; accessing EU waters, and accessing foreign waters. All of the participants praised the high quality of the event and agreed that these matters need to be discussed further.

The symposium was supported by Edinburgh Law School, the Europa Institute, the Institute for Academic Development. The symposium was also approved as a European Maritime Day event – a side event to the European Maritime Day conference held in Burgas this year. 

 Fisheries event