Subtask 3a

Subtask 3a

Data collection for socio-economic analysis

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Subtask 3a is aimed to collect data to be used in the other subtasks. Economic and social data will be collected for each of the fleet segments selected for pilot studies under Task 2, where the fleet segment is defined as a combination of the predominant fishing gear and GSA. The socio-economic data that will be taken into consideration are in line with the Annual Economic Report, thus, including fixed, variable and capital costs). 

Time series data on the socioeconomic variables (e.g. wage, employment) will be collected to be analysed under the Subtask 3b to provide the status quo of the socioeconomic performance of the fleet segments investigated by the project. Furthermore, integrated with the outcomes from Task 2, the same data will be used for the CBA under Subtask 3c and the BEMTOOL scenarios simulation under Subtask 3d. 

For GSAs 9,10, and 11 to populate the bio-economic model BEMTOOL, also biological data will be collected, and the collection of socioeconomic data will be extended to all fleet segments involved in the demersal fisheries of the area. 

As biological data are related to stocks defined at GSA or aggregated GSAs level, also economic data for the bio-economic model BEMTOOL needs to be aggregated at the same spatial level. The same process will be done for GSA 6 in relation to Ecopath-Ecosym-Ecospace model. 

Regarding the CBA, the economic data should be representative as much as possible of the vessels involved in the fisheries investigated under Task 2. To this end, economic data at GSA level will be collected and used also for the CBA as that is the most detailed level of aggregation of economic data available from official sources. 

A specific data call will be established and launched to Member States by DGMARE with the support of the Consortium to have the data in the appropriate level of detail (e.g., GSA). This data is expected to be made available to the project expert team in the first phase of the project. 

Furthermore, qualitative information on the impacts on the fishing sector of the fuel price variations registered in the last years and the solutions adopted by the fishing sector to mitigate the negative effects will be also collected through the submission of questionnaires to and organization of workshops or interviews with MEDAC and BISAC stakeholders. 

Aside of this, and for specific case studies, detailed data will be collected during the pilot studies for those fishing strategies and ports in which they will be carried out. This would allow to obtain more recent and accurate data to be used in the analysis of the following subtasks.