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Collaborative Research in Fisheries

Co-creating Knowledge for Fisheries Governance in Europe

  • Peter Holm
  • Maria Hadjimichael
  • Sebastian Linke
  • Steven Mackinson

Part of the MARE Publication Series book series (MARE, volume 22)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Sebastian Linke, Maria Hadjimichael, Steven Mackinson, Petter Holm
    Pages 7-25
  3. Emma Pearson, Ewan Hunter, Alan Steer, Kevin Arscott, Paul J. B. Hart
    Pages 27-41
  4. Alfred Sandström, Johnny Norrgård, Thomas Axenrot, Malin Setzer, Tomas Jonsson
    Pages 43-59
  5. Lotte Worsøe Clausen, Verena Ohms, Christian Olesen, Reine Johansson, Peter Hopkins
    Pages 85-103
  6. Saša Raicevich, Mark Dubois, Marianna Bullo, Gianluca Franceschini, Monica Mion, Marco Nalon et al.
    Pages 121-140
  7. Petter Holm, Asgeir Aglen, Maiken Bjørkan, Jan I. Andersen
    Pages 141-158
  8. Maiken Bjørkan, Joan B. Company, Giulia Gorelli, Francesc Sardà, Conrad Massaguer
    Pages 159-178
  9. Manon Airaud, Laurent Tezenas, Gala Moreno, Laurent Dagorn, Jefferson Murua
    Pages 193-212
  10. Stuart J. Hetherington, Victoria A. Bendall
    Pages 263-277
  11. Petter Holm, Maria Hadjimichael, Steven Mackinson, Sebastian Linke
    Pages 279-303
  12. Steven Mackinson, Petter Holm, Maria Hadjimichael
    Pages 305-313
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 315-320

About this book


This book is about the ongoing transition of fisheries governance, from top-down command and control towards a more transparent and participatory form. It focuses on the emergence of research practices and advice frameworks that allow co-creation of common knowledge bases for management. Drawing from 8 years of research in GAP, a two-stage 7th framework EU project, the book offers a critical examination of how knowledge practices in fisheries governance are changing. The entry point for this research is a series of practical experiments in the unchartered terrain of collaborative research. To gain insight into the ongoing transition in European fisheries management, GAP initiated and carried out 13 Case Studies in different settings across Europe. In each case study, a team of fishers and marine scientists worked together to identify, plan and implement research projects intended to make a difference. The cases vary. They take on different management issues and shape the collaborations in different ways. The extent to which they succeed in realizing their objectives also differs. They are all contributing important insights into the possibilities of co-creating knowledge for management purposes. The book delves into the individual experiences of each case study as well as the lessons they contribute as a whole.  The examination concludes that while research partnerships are not always easy to establish, they are an important step towards better fisheries governance. Without a common knowledge base for fisheries governance, co-created through collaborative research practices, sustainable fisheries will remain out of reach.


Fisheries governance Participatory governance Co-management and co-creation of common knowledge bases Fishermen's knowledge Sustainable fisheries GAP2 case studies

Editors and affiliations

  • Peter Holm
    • 1
  • Maria Hadjimichael
    • 2
  • Sebastian Linke
    • 3
  • Steven Mackinson
    • 4
  1. 1.Norwegian College of Fishery ScienceUiT The Arctic University of NorwayTromsøNorway
  2. 2.Innovative Fisheries Management, Department of Planning, Aalborg University, Aalborg, DenmarkUniversity of CyprusNicosiaCyprus
  3. 3.School of Global StudiesUniversity of GothenburgGothenburgSweden
  4. 4.Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas), Lowestoft, Suffolk, UKScottish Pelagic Fishermen’s AssociationFraserburghUK

About the editors

Petter Holm is a professor in fisheries and resource management at UiT – The Arctic University of Tromsø, Norway. His research interests include organizational conditions for collective choice; institutional change processes in the fisheries; fisheries governance; the mobilization of science in management decision making; fishermen’s ecological knowledge and the relationship between science and local knowledge. In GAP he has served as WP leader, together with Douglas C. Wilson Kongshøj, for the systematic investigation of the progress and performance of the GAP case studies.   

Dr. Maria Hadjimichael’s interest lies in the study and understanding of the governance of the commons, particularly marine and coastal commons. Concerned about issues such as the ‘stealing of the seashore’ and ocean grabbing through neoliberal mechanisms, she has founded the website She worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Innovative Fisheries Management Institute of Aalborg University in Denmark. Her PhD (Bangor University, U.K.) explored the human dimension of the European fisheries governance. She worked on numerous interdisciplinary EU funded projects and conducted fieldwork in the UK, Spain, Denmark, Greece, Cyprus, the US and Chile.

Sebastian Linke is associate professor in Environmental Social Science at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. He has studied the relationship between science and policy for sustainable development with a focus on EU fisheries and marine management. He is particularly interested in the roles of expertise in environmental politics and the co-creation of knowledge by scientists and other actors under new forms of environmental governance.

Dr. Steven Mackinson is the Chief Scientific Officer for the Scottish Pelagic Fishermen’s Association. He began his career working with Canadian herring fishermen in the mid-1990s, linking academic research with fishermen’s knowledge. Ever since he has been interested in building stronger collaboration among scientists, fishermen, and policy makers and was leader of the GAP projects. Prior to 2016, he worked for 17 years at the UK government marine research laboratory – the Centre for Environment Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) where his research included using ecosystem models to investigate impacts of management and environmental change on ecosystems and fisheries, acoustic studies on fish, understanding the effects of renewable energy plans on fishermen.

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