|Title||Implementing the Landing Obligation. An Analysis of the Gap Between Fishers and Policy Makers in the Netherlands|
|Author(s)||Kraan, Marloes; Verweij, Marieke|
|Source||In: Collaborative Research in Fisheries / Holm, P., Hadjimichael, M., Linke, S., Mackinson, S., Springer (MARE Publication Series ) - ISBN 9783030267834 - p. 231 - 248.|
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|Publication type||Peer reviewed book chapter|
|Keyword(s)||perceptions - landing obligation - discards - trust - collaborative research|
|Abstract||The introduction of the landing obligation is a radical change of the European fisheries policy that has widened the gap between fishers and policy officers in the Netherlands. Especially the mixed demersal trawl fisheries have to adjust to this new measure, which requires a concerted effort between ministry, fleet and research institutions. This chapter describes the implementation process of the landing obligation in the Netherlands (between 2013–2015) and how it has been met with strong opposition by Dutch fishers. This chapter argues that such opposition stems not only from interests, but also from strongly held perceptions about the (ecological) consequences of the measure, as was clear from observing meetings and interviewing key actors. Although several meetings had been organised by the ministry to discuss the landing obligation with fishers, perception differences were not discussed explicitly. Discussions rather seemed to be parallel monologues where parties failed to meet a shared understanding. This situation jeopardises real cooperation in the preparation for full implementation of the landing obligation. The chapter ends with a discussion on possible ways to bridge the gap between fishers and policy officers|