The DLO Foundation is a legal entity within Wageningen University and Research Centre (Wageningen UR) that contains the applied research institutes. The DLO foundation is represented within this proposal by 2 of its constituent institutes, LEI and IMARES.

LEI (Agricultural Economics Research Institute) is the main institute for socio-economic research in agriculture, horticulture, fisheries and forestry in the Netherlands, having a staff of over 300 people. The research programmes of the various divisions of the institute are particularly directed to the provision of relevant quantitative and qualitative information on micro and macro level in the fields of economics and social sciences.


IMARES (Institute for Marine Resources and Ecosystem Studies) provides the scientific support essential for developing policies and innovation regarding the marine environment, fishery activities, aquaculture and the maritime sector. It has 200 staff who work on projects for public and private sector clients. It is a key, proactive player in national and international marine research networks including ICES and EFARO. It has a long experience of fisheries research and stakeholder participation in policy development.

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Contribution to the project (LEI):

LEI will contribute with bio-economic- and socio-economic related modelling in all WPs. Moreover, LEI will be heavily involved in organising and facilitating stakeholder involvement at regional and fishery levels during the implementation phase in WP3. These tasks will primarily take place within the North Sea region.

Description of PIs involved in the project (LEI):

  • Ellen Hoefnagel is a senior researcher at LEI. She has experience with stakeholder participation in the Dutch fishery sector since she started to work for LEI in 1995.She has carried out field and desk research on anthropological and socio-economic issues and transformations in fisheries in the Netherlands, Portugal and Europe. She has studied the process of institutionalization, property rights, co-management and governance issues, knowledge used in fisheries management, gender issues and fishermen‘s reactions to policy. She also has experience in the ex ante and ex post evaluations of fisheries policy.
  • Erik Buisman is a senior researcher in fisheries economic research. He participated in several national and EU projects concerning fisheries economics, analysis of fisheries management and the relation between economy and ecology.
  • Dr Hans van Oostenbrugge leads the group Aquatic Resources at LEI. His main area of expertise is uncertainty in catch rates, bio-economic and statistical modelling. Recently, he has worked on the setup of the Dutch National program for economic data collection for the EU and with projects on bio-economic indicators, valuation of fishing grounds and prediction of economic effects of quota measures, sea day restrictions and fleet reductions on the Dutch fleet. He was involved in the EU projects EFIMAS and COMMIT on modelling effects of management measures.
  • Dr Heleen Bartelings is a quantitative economist. She holds a Ph.D. in environmental economics. She has been working with fisheries models in several European projects including CAFE and ESIF and has expert knowledge about optimization and econometric models. She has worked intensively with Dutch economic fisheries data. Her area of expertise includes applied economic modelling, fisheries management, statistical analysis.

Contribution to the project (IMARES):

IMARES will lead WP3 and the case study ‘Widely ranging fish’, and contribute extensively to investigating potential GES indicators as well as to involving stakeholders at regional (RAC)- and fishery levels during the implementation phase in WP3. These tasks will primarily take place within two case studies; the North Sea and the Widely Ranging Fish.

Description of PIs involved in the project (IMARES):

  • Martin Pastoors is director of the Centre for Marine Policy, part of Wageningen University and Research Centre ( He is also lecturer in Marine Policy at Van Hall Larenstein, Leeuwarden and senior researcher at IMARES. He leads projects dealing with stakeholder participation in fisheries management. Previously, he has been the chair of the ICES Advisory Committee on Fishery Management (ACFM) and he has participated in the MYFISH - KBBE.2011.1.2-09 49 reorganization of the ICES advisory process. He has extensive experience in communication of scientific results to management authorities, stakeholder organizations and media.
  • Dr Jan Jaap Poos leads the IMARES team working on demersal fisheries. He has a broad research portfolio with over 17 publications and specialises in fleet dynamics, managing mixed and multispecies fisheries, developing new methods for data poor stocks. He is the main scientific advisor to the Dutch government on the North Sea beam trawl fishery.
  • Niels Hintzen is a researcher in IMARES specialising in accounting for substock structure in sustainable exploitation of fish, fleet behaviour and ecosystem interactions. He works on approaches to managing data poor stocks such as pelagic fish in the south Pacific. He is active in both the advisory and scientific research of ICES.

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.