Methodological Overview

WP Comunications

This WP perceives “communication” in a broad sense, where inclusivity and involvement of all participants are the keys to a successful communication strategy. It follows a participatory design approach in its main lead activities: a) gather key information from common and empirical knowledge (using mainly visual tools and a bottom-up approach); b) establish the foundations and arrive to a consensus for the community sustainable development strategy focus on marine ecosystems (following the SEA methodology); c) define strategic options towards the Communities and marine ecosystems sustainable development (applying the prospective logic-intuitive methodology - Shell school, and the Design Thinking approach); and d) promote capacity building and sharing of results.

The goal within this WP is to open a communication channel by creating the conditions to promote a deeper understanding on current and future vulnerabilities of marine ecosystems and the impacts on day-to-day activities and livelihood of the community(s). This generates a strong cooperation between researchers, fishermen communities, policy makers and other key stakeholders, as well as a sense of empowerment which may contribute to decision-making processes improving decision, and rethink policies and governance frameworks to anticipate social-ecological challenges.

Activities

  1. Gather key information on empirical knowledge about marine ecosystems
  2. Establish the basis and arrive to a consensus for the community’s sustainable development strategy focus on marine ecosystems
  3. Define strategic options and strategic paths for marine ecosystems sustainable management
  4. Capacity building on evolutionary-based fisheries management
  5. Sharing results across project duration; involvement, communication and dissemination

WP studying

Within the Studying WP the activities related to development and studying of proposed bottom up participatory approach with evolutionary sciences crossing the roads with fishery stakeholders in fishery science arena. To this end, this study will use two fisheries important species in the Mediterranean: common octopus in the Catalan Sea, Balearic Islands, Thyrrenian Sea, Ionian Sea and Adriatic scale, and red shrimp populations in the Catalan Sea and around Balearic islands. First, relevant scientific (fisheries biology and fisheries statistics) and local ecological knowledge and perspective on both species will be obtained through specified communication activities with local fishermen and fishery stakeholders. Second, a set of scientific activities will be directed toward resource assessment, and evolutionary understanding on the connectivity, differentiation and underlying environmental pressures of the studied population. This knowledge will be used as input in dissemination activities toward local fishery community as a target group across multiple geographical units. Finally, detailed SWOT analysis of the proposed approach will be conducted. The main output of such SWOT analysis will be the identification of opportunities of this methodology, as well as its risks and weaknesses that need to or addressed to tailor this approach for its implementation into bottom up approach of defining fishery protected areas.

 

Activities

  1. Analyses of ecosystems and communities dynamics and synergies
  2. Collection of scientific and empirical knowledge on octopus and red shrimp
  3. Specimens collection, DNA extraction and Restriction-site associated DNA next generation sequencing
  4. Evolutionary analyses of stock structure and local adaptation
  5. Comparing and integrating genomics, fisheries biology data and experience-based knowledge
  6. Strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats