Research database

Project information
Keywords
social sciences, fishermen, stakeholders, management, banks, fish biodiversity, Barents Sea
Project title
Drivers of fish extinction and colonization on oceanic banks (DRIVEBANKS): adding social science and communication with management to ecology and oceanography
Year
2019
Project leader
Kari E. Ellingsen, Norwegian Institute for Nature Research, NINA
Geographical localization of the research project in decimal degrees (max 5 per project, ex. 70,662°N and 23,707°E)
Banks in the Barents Sea, e.g. Svalbardbanken ca. 75°N, 20°E
Participants

Kari E. Ellingsen, Torkild Tveraa (Norwegian Institute for Nature Research, NINA), Nigel G. Yoccoz (Department of Arctic and Marine Biology, UiT The Arctic University of Norway), Roger B. Larsen, Jan Petter Johnsen, Keshav Prasad Paudel, Claire Armstrong, MSc student Vetle Lunde Ommundsen (Norwegian College of Fishery Science, NFH, UiT The Arctic University of Norway), Tom Williams, Per Arneberg (Institute of Marine Research, IMR), Cecilie von Quillfeldt (NPI).

Flagship
Fjord and Coast
Funding Source

Fram Centre. The project is linked to the Research Council of Norway (RCN) project DRIVEBANKS (Drivers of fish extinction and colonization on oceanic banks, 2017-2020, project leader: Kari E. Ellingsen).

Summary of Results

In 2019 we linked DRIVEBANKS to a project in the Flagship Fjord and Coast, and integrated it with social sciences, fisheries economics and management by including additional Norwegian participants. This multidisciplinary approach provides a platform for communication and the exchange of knowledge between the scientific community and the stakeholders (i.e., fishermen and fisheries organizations), for mutual benefit and improved management of our common marine resources, with a special focus on the oceanic banks. Specifically, we focus on how to communicate knowledge and thereby bridging the gap between the scientific community, stakeholders, and the management. To gather information from fishermen, qualitative, exploratory interviews have been carried out, and based on these interviews we have designed a quantitative phone interview survey. In addition, in 2019 we have started to use GIS-based spatio-temporal statistical models to determine the spatial and temporal patterns of fishing effort/activities, and identify hotspots with regard to fishing gears, vessels and species groups and assess how these spatio-temporal patterns are associated with seafloor topography and changes in climate, technology and management. In 2019 we have also started on the work on what and how to communicate with the management.

Master and PhD-students involved in the project

In 2019 we have included one student (MSc level; Vetle Lunde Ommundsen) at NFH, UiT.

For the Management

In Norwegian:

I forskningsrådsprosjektet DRIVEBANKS fokuserer vi på fiskesamfunn på banker i Barentshavet, og vi studerer diversitetsmønstre og prosesser som opprettholder eller endrer diversiteten. Vi har bygget opp et tilleggsprosjekt med fokus på samfunnsvitenskap og fiskeriøkonomi, der vi ønsker å kommunisere med fiskere/fiskerlag. Fiskerne tilbringer store deler av året på fiskebankene og har mye kunnskap om fiskebanker og fiskens forflytninger i forhold til bankene. Data vi får fra fangst og sporinger tyder på at fisket flytter på seg, og vi vil gjerne høre fra fiskerne om de mener det skyldes endringer de ser i naturen eller om det påvirkes av forvaltning og markedstilpasninger. Vi ønsker en tettere dialog mellom fiskere og forskere som kan ha en gjensidig nytteverdi. Målsetningen er at prosjektet bidrar til kunnskapsutveksling, og at vi også kan formidle nyttig informasjon til forvaltningen.

Published Results/Planned Publications

We aim to produce one publication specifically focusing on the social sciences and fishery economics outlined in this project. In addition, there will be a link between this project and DRIVEBANKS where other papers will be published.

Communicated Results

We presented the project at the annual Fjord and Coast Flagship meeting, 17th of October 2019. The project was presented at the annual meeting of the Norwegian Reference Fleet, where fishermen from both coastal and offshore fishing vessels provide detailed information about their fishing activity and catches on a regular basis, IMR, Bergen, 24-25th of October 2019.

We published a news story focusing specifically on the flagship-project at nina.no, framsenteret.no, and the project was also published in Kystogfjord.no, Fiskeribladet.no/tekfisk, as well as two radio interviews (NRK Møre og Romsdal, NRK distriktsprogram Finnmark, Finnmarkssendinga). We have produced an animation in English and Norwegian, that has been seen ca 20 000 times so far (YouTube, twitter, facebook, nina.no, framsenteret.no). We produced a news story regarding the project and animation at nina.no, framsenteret.no, and this was also published at itromso.no, Altaposten, Sør-Varanger Avis, Folkebladet.no, fiskeribladet.no, Forskning.no, as well as a radio interview (NRK distriktsprogram Finnmark, Finnmarkssendinga).

Interdisciplinary Cooperation

The project has to a large degree interdisciplinary cooperation, including social scientists with knowledge on how to perform/handle interviews of users/stakeholders as well as fisheries economy, and participants with knowledge on management plans, harvesting technology, biodiversity, ecology and statistics.

Budget in accordance to results

The project received 400 000 NOK for 2019 from the Flagship Fjord and Coast. As suggested by IMR and in agreement with NINA, 40 000 NOK was directly given to two IMR researchers, and NINA has organized a budget of 360 000 NOK. The project has been carried out according to the plan.

Could results from the project be subject for any commercial utilization
No
Conclusions

We have linked the RCN-project DRIVEBANKS to the Flagship Fjord and Coast, and integrated it with social sciences, fisheries economics and management by including additional Norwegian participants. This multidisciplinary approach provides a platform for communication and the exchange of knowledge between the scientific community and the stakeholders (i.e., fishermen and fisheries organizations), for mutual benefit and improved management of our common marine resources. Specifically, we focus on how to communicate knowledge and thereby bridging the gap between the scientific community, stakeholders, and the management.