Review of the management tools available for the management of the inshore and offshore brown crab fisheries of Western Europe, their impact and effectiveness, and how they might be deployed to improve stock condition, reduce effort and improve operating economics.
Rural Development Planning
Policy & Planning
Nautilus offers policy advice and strategic planning services on every scale from small business to international government. Our long-term global experience enables us to anticipate future policy trends and their consequences. We are able to provide in-depth evaluation the impacts of policies and management decisions on natural resources, businesses, communities and the environment. We also have a proven track record in the design of appropriate and innovative policy for resource managers.
Nautilus has wide experience in assessing development requirements against a range of policy objectives, balancing, for example, economic growth with community and welfare needs. The company regularly assists regional government and economic development agencies to draw up development programmes, design programme delivery systems and identify programme funding. At national and international levels the company regularly participates in sector studies on behalf of bi-lateral and multi-lateral development agencies, and provides senior programmers and fund-holders with the necessary information to allow them to allocate scarce resources in the most productive and cost-effective manner.
Monitoring & Evaluation
Nautilus has undertaken a wide range evaluation work of projects and programmes, ranging from co-ordinated international teams evaluating long term structural funding programmes to examinations of local boundaries to uptake of funding. The company has experience in ex-ante, mid-term, ex-post and post evaluations of policy, programmes and projects, and in the undertaking of thematic evaluations. This experience covers the design and implementation of project / programme monitoring systems, and the use (and abuse) of framework planning systems. The company and its staff have the experience to provide informed, impartial, independent and objective assessments, to offer re-focusing advice to project and programme managers, and to undertake value for money assessments on behalf of funding agencies.
The Seafeeds workshop brought together a wide range of expert opinion from all spectrums of the aquaculture debate to advance the understanding of the needs and opportunities for sustainable aquaculture feeds. Representatives from the aquaculture, fisheries and feed industries, food certification, and environmental and research organisations contributed to facilitated discussion, at times splitting off into small single topic working groups. Delegates were charged with specific tasks and areas to debate enabling lively and productive discussion.
The objective was to examine appropriate mechanisms for encouraging more environmental and socially responsible shrimp production. The work was approached through a number of individual work packages: 1 A review of social and environmental issues and relevant national and international initiatives to promote and support responsible shrimp farming. 2 Capitalising on the CSR Agenda. 3 International Trade Agreement Assessment. 4 Structure and organisation of production and marketing in Bangladesh. 4a Socially and environmentally responsible shrimp farming in Bangladesh.
This project aimed to advise private sector clients on appropriate farming systems and production strategies in relation to a specific site in order to achieve company goals in supply efficiencies and quality control. Initial site visit taking soil and salinity samples plus interview with local residents. Modelling of costs associated with various production options based on local environmental conditions. Strategic assessment of development options followed by implementation plan.
The survey found the farm to have considerable potential for growth of rainbow and brown trout. An excellent water supply and good husbandry practices had ensured long-term disease-free production for many years. Good site characteristics and production and grow-out pool lay-out suggested further potential for a more ambitious project, although the report also highlighted potential threats that should be over-come through alterations in site design.