‘Social Innovation’ and ‘Food Production’ are the key words in the projects Fish & Farm contributes to. Fish & Farm aims at finding the flexibility in existing patterns and traditions, connecting initiatives and partners for an increase in efficiency and isn’t afraid to take risks if they lead to a different perspective. The projects listed below have all been carried out either independently or for one or several clients.
Fish & Farm has been assigned by LTO Noord to assist the representatives and members of local departments in organizing activities and organisational development. LTO Noord is part of LTO Nederland which represents almost 50,000 agricultural entrepreneurs and works in support of their economic and social position.
European study on employment in the fishing industry
In 2016, Fish & Farm conducted research for MRAG Ltd. on employment in the fishing industry and non-local labour in both the catching and processing subsector. The aim of this study commissioned by the EC is to identify trends and patterns regarding employment, motivation and work-related immigration related to the fishing industry.
Study towards organizational structures in fisheries
The Wadden Academy commissioned Fish & Farm to conduct research on the fishing industry in the Wadden Sea Region. The local fishing industry is represented by a large amount of organizations, there are many different types of fisheries and target species and and abundance of rules, regulations and agreements. The aim of this study was to create an overview of the current situation and relevant stakeholders.
Dutch Young Fishermen’s Network
The Dutch Young Fishermen’s Network (Het Jongerennetwerk Visserij) is a national network for commercial fishermen until 35 years of age. Sarah Verroen teamed up with several young fishermen in 2011 and set up this network (financed with help of the European Fisheries Fund), which is still active today. The network operates on a national and international level, increasing the visibility and voice of young fishermen, connecting them and stimulating knowledge exchange. For the website, visit www.jongerennetwerkvisserij.nl.
Tourism and food
Friesland, one of the most northern provinces of The Netherlands, is mostly known for it’s dairy cows, the Frisian language and the Frisian horse breed, however, it also has a rich fishing culture. The Fiskpaad (Frisian for ‘Fish Path) is a platform connecting culture, tourism and fisheries, an initiative by the Dutch Fishermen’s Association (Nederlandse Vissersbond) and Fish & Farm. Not only does the Fiskpaad highlight cultural activities related to fisheries, it also provides fish-lovers with the addresses and information on great local fish restaurants, and for the outdoorsy type of person lists several fun fishing activities. Yay fisk! www.fiskpaad.nl
Back to Scho(o)l is an education project, in close cooperation with Van Hall Larenstein, University of Applied Sciences. Fish & Farm has both given and organized (guest)lectures and excursions related to the fishing industry. Furthermore, Fish & Farm closely works together with VHL to keep their curriculum up-to-date and stimulates and facilitates participation in (research)projects with the industry. Check www.minorsfa.com for the Minor program on Fisheries and Aquaculture.
The North Sea Days (Noordzeedagen) is the two-day conference held annually for professionals in the maritime field of work. The conference focuses on the science-policy interface. Sarah Verroen has been involved in organizing the North Sea Days since 2008, stimulating and facilitating student participation, work-sessions and giving input on fields of interest. For more information, please visit (the Dutch website) www.noordzeedagen.nl.
Marine Litter Awareness
Marine litter is a a worldwide issue, being dealt with on different levels. The Dutch fishing industry is dealing with issues related to litter within various initiatives, such as the ‘Fishing for Litter’ project and cooperation within the ‘Green Deal Fisheries for Clean Seas’. Fish & Farm is working on a research- and awareness project together with Pensi Pri Solvo Consultancy, VisNed and the Dutch Ministry for Infrastructure and the Environment in order to increase awareness for this issue within the fishing industry, and contribute to solutions.
The demersal fishing fleet uses dolly rope in order to protect their nets from wear and tear, a necessity regarding the harsh conditions under water. However, the most frequently used type of dolly rope consists of plastic material, something both the industry and nature organizations consider to be a shame. The DollyRopeFree project started in 2013, aiming at a reduction of the use of dolly rope and a search for more sustainable alternatives. Fish & Farm has been contributing to this project since 2014, by organizing events, consulting and communicating. For more information on the project, please visit www.vispluisvrij.nl.
The Dutch Fishermen’s Calendar is an independent project, produced in close cooperation with photographer and social designer Hugo Schuitemaker. There is no tougher, more masculine and adventurous profession than that of a commercial fisherman, but alas, these manly men spend most their time at sea! Their poor wives (and the rest of us) are left empty handed every time the vessels leave their ports to catch fish for us. What do these wives deserve and need, a cheeky calendar featuring our nation’s pride and their hubbies. For every two calendars sold, we gave one away for free to a fisherman’s wife. The calendar, released on Valentine’s Day, generated national media attention and was sold out in no time. Too bad, but oh well, you can still get an impression of all the good stuff online, visit www.vissermannenkalender.nl .
CFP Reform: consequences for the Technical Measures
The European Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) has been revised in 2014, which lead to several drastic policy changes, such as the landing obligation. Fish & Farm conducted a study towards the implications of the revision for the Technical Measures together with IMARES Wageningen UR. The focus of this study was on conflicting regulations and undesirable working conditions for the fleet as a result of the CFP reform. The publication can be retrieved from the IMARES website.
Fish & Farm contributed to the ‘Vers van de Visser’ project in 2013. A platform enabling the consumer to buy fish directly from the fisherman himself, using an online shop. The aim of this project is a more efficient supply chain and a fair price for both the consumer and producer. Check www.versvandevisser.nl.
The projects ‘Jongerennetwerk Visserij’, ‘Fiskpaad’ and ‘Vers van de Visser’ have been selected under the Dutch Operational Programme “Perspectives for a sustainable fisheries’ and are sponsored by the European Fisheries Fund and Ministry of Economic Affairs.