Policy Meeting

Myfish Policy Information Meeting

Location: Brussels (Belgium)
Date: 25 February 2016

Stakeholders were invited to attend the Myfish Policy Information Meeting where the use of the results obtained in the FP7 project ‘Maximising yield of fisheries while balancing ecosystem, economic and social concerns’ (Myfish) were discussed. The project is approaching the end of the four years duration, and we used this opportunity to discuss how the results are relevant to fisheries management, which challenges have been solved and which challenges still remain.

Managing fisheries to obtain Maximum Sustainable Yield (MSY) in practice is challenging because achieving MSY for an individual stock can hamper the achievement of MSY for other stocks and compromise ecological, environmental, economic, or social aims. The objective of the Myfish project is to face these difficulties and provide evaluations of the effect and desirability of aiming for different parts of the MSY-realm, including Maximum Economic Yield (MEY) and Maximum Social Yield (MSOY). The studied cases addressed single species, mixed species, pelagic, and demersal fisheries across Europe. Social aspects were integrated throughout the project by active involvement of stakeholders in the definition and desirability of MSY variants (such as MEY) and sustainability criteria (such as the desire to maintain sensitive species or employment). Throughout the project, the participants have made a dedicated effort to provide the scientific input needed to construct Multiannual Management Plans aiming at MSY, describing the consequences of aiming at different parts of the MSY-realm. We aim to finalise this work by informing you of the results and achieving your input on how these are relevant to fisheries management.


The MSY principle in an ecosystem, economic and social context – the Myfish project

Common and less common knowledge about MSY

  1. MSY targets in Mediterranean demersal sheries
  2. MSY-tales? Maximising yield is sustainable!
  3. Responsible stakeholders and adaptable fishers

Trade-offs in MSY management

Fishing mortality at MSY ranges as an approach to MSY management

Social acceptability and inclusive governance in MSY management

Policy Brief:

Please click here to download the Myfish Policy Brief (February 2016).

Practical Information:

The meeting was held on Thursday 25 February 2016 from 9:30 to 16:00 in the premises of the European Commission, Directorate General for Research and Innovation, Place Rogier 16, 1210 Brussels, Belgium. 

Please click here for the agenda.


Yours Sincerely

Anna Rindorf,
Myfish Project Coordinator