The aim of the Partnership was to reach consensus about the sustainable management of shared fish and shellfish stocks in the North Sea area through improved co-operation of fishermen, researchers and other vital actors such as fishery managers, conservation groups, fish processors and merchants.
The Partnership contributed to achieve consensus about the sustainable management of fish stocks in the North Sea by:
• Making a strong case to the European Commission and the European Parliament for the establishment of Regional Advisory Councils (RAC);
• Commenting to the Commission and Parliament on the proposed structure of the RACs through a RAC Development Working Group;
• Setting up an Interim Executive Committee to take forward the North Sea RAC.
The project had contacts with the International Council for Exploration of the Sea (ICES). ICES are the principal body for bringing together scientific information on the state of fish stocks. The contacts has throughout the years become more formal between the organisations and the meetings reviewed examples of the most recent fish stock assessments, and at the same time also considered the methodology applied and allow both fishers and invited external scientific experts to comment in detail. Another example of this formal co-operation is that ICES has allocated time in different working groups within the North Sea Regional Advisory Group (NSRAC) by involving their own experts in reviews of the assessment working groups.