Monitoring the success of the reformed CFP
The Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) is now thirty years old, and has just come through possibly its most radical revision with the introduction or further development of a host of market and rules-based incentives to improved structure and behaviour. And crucially, good policy needs to be not just evidence-based, but subject to transparent performance monitoring - identification of targets against which performance can be measured, and regular updating on progress and effectiveness. Defra, the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, has been particularly active in molding the reformed CFP and is keen to identify to what extent the innovations introduced have and are working. Nautilus Consultants is working alongside lead contractor ICFI (incorporating the former GHK Consulting) under contract to Defra to development an Evaluation Framework as the basis for such a monitoring and evaluation system.
Key reform elements of broad interest are better balancing fishing capacity and fishing opportunities, management of key stocks at or above Maximum Sustainable Yield (MSY), the landing obligation (erroneously referred to as "no-discards"), incentives to use of more selective gear and practices, transferable fishery concessions, and greater recognition of management at a regional level. This contract will run through to mid-2015.