Fishery resources policy and sustainable management

The management of renewable resources and their usage is the core competency of Oceanic Développement. This is as key expertise area to pave the way to fisheries development and management.

Relevant works led by Oceanic Développement extend to the formulation, the evaluation or the implementation of management measures pursued by national or supranational entities, such as the European Union or the RFMOs covering Pacific, Atlantic and Indian Oceans. Our studies cover various regulatory systems like those related to inputs (fishing effort), fishing methods (technical measures), or production level (TACs and quotas). These works allow us to carry a thorough knowledge about the effects of management measures, their relative ability to be enforced and controlled under certain conditions.

Preserving ecosystems from fishing impacts, as required by the FAO Code of conduct for Responsible Fisheries, is another field of expertise for Oceanic Développement. Our studies assess how to mitigate environmental impacts through technical measures, ranging from Marine Protected Areas to artificial reefs. These works allow a broad and deep experience of the existing tools for biodiversity conservation, and their relative constraints in terms of technical content, implementation and costs.

Oceanic Développement is also involved in various feasibility studies and pre assessment for the MSC’s fisheries certification program. The company contributed to defining a set of criteria and indicators applying to an ecolabel implemented by FranceAgriMer, a state agency. Oceanic Développement became a subsidiary company of Bureau veritas in 2011, thus carrying some additional technical and management skills in the field of fisheries eco-certification.