Family owners called Romkes as a last name are running one of a total of 275 fishery firms (308 VESSELS) operating in the Central North Sea targeting flatfish. The number of people on board is six and the firm was established in the mid 1960’s. WBV represents the Dutch flatfish fishery sector of the North Sea in the MYFISH project. They are members of Vissersbond and have been part of the structural changes in the sector that have taken place over the years.

Contribution to the project: Wilma BV will participate as full partners in WPs 1, 2 and 3 to provide stakeholder expertise relevant to the North Sea flatfish fishery. Through workshops and in-depth interviews they will contribute to ensure a bottom up strategy of the developments of the maximum social yield variants in particular. Moreover, they will provide their views on the initial definitions suggested by experts on maximum social yield objectives, constraints and acceptable management measures as well as on a selection of maximum social yield variants and indicators as support to decision making and strategic planning. Importantly, they will provide stakeholder priorities and identify institutional aspects affecting an implementation phase of recommended management measures.

Description of PIs involved in the project:

  • Mr. Hendrik Romkes, one of the owners of Wilma BV, works directly as a fisher in the Dutch flatfish fishery sector. He has been part of a domestic research project earlier representing stakeholders (i.e. Kenniskringen during 2009-2011, Businessplans Fishery), member and initiator of the project Masterplan Sustainable Fisheries and member of the board of Vissersbond. His career as a fisher started in the 1980’s and he has thus been in the sector for decades, having personal experiences of the direct effects in the past resulting from structural changes in fisheries management at EU- and domestic levels. He is available to advise and assist this proposed project as necessary.

flagsThe research leading to these results has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7 /2007-2013) under grant agreement no 289257. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the European Union cannot be held responsible for any use which maybe made of the information contained therein.