El uso del conocimiento ecológico tradicional de los pescadores y modelos participativos como vía para avanzar en la co-gestión del pulpo

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El título y el resumen del trabajo:

The use of the traditional ecological knowledge of fishermen, cost-effective tools and participatory models in artisanal fisheries: Towards the co-management of common octopus in Galicia (NW Spain)


• We have monitored a Spanish octopus fishery by using GPS-loggers and logbooks.
• We have also used the knowledge of octopus fishermen to map their fishing grounds.
• Annually, 700 vessels use traps to catch 2000 t of octopus that are sold for 13 M €.
• The 174 km2 of fishing grounds identified were the most fished and valuable areas.
• Creation of a long term co-management plan is recommended to ensure sustainability.


The fishery of octopus Octopus vulgaris in Galicia (NW Spain) is a paradigmatic example of top–down management that generates conflicts between fishermen and policy makers. In the absence of scientific information to support the management of this data poor artisanal fishery, the traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) of fishermen was tested to map the distribution of fishing grounds and GPS data-loggers and log-books in order to estimate the intensity of effort and CPUE. Furthermore, a description of the social, technical and ecological features of the fishery was obtained to be used in conjunction with the results of questionnaires answered by experts, to improve the current management and to ensure the long-term sustainability of one of the most traditional and economically relevant fisheries in Galicia. Approximately, 700 vessels use traps in Galician coastal waters to catch 2000 t of octopus annually, with a market value of 13 M Є. Octopus vessels also use gillnets, hooks and lines and shellfish gathering to target common spider crab Maja brachydactyla, goose barnacle Pollicipes pollicipes and other species. The fishermen operating in the study area of the Ría of Arousa identified 174 km2 of octopus fishing grounds, mainly distributed in the mid and outer parts of the study area. The fishing effort was exerted on the same rocky reefs, also the most valuable fishing grounds in terms of CPUE. The use of new techniques and tools based on participatory models is encouraged to obtain cost-effective information of this fishery and in general of other fisheries in data poor environments. Likewise, the creation of a long-term co-management plan is recommended to ensure the sustainability of stocks and the profitability of this artisanal fleet.




El foro del pulpo organizado por el proyecto GAP2 y WWF: conclusiones y recomendaciones

Al foro del pulpo organizado por el proyecto GAP y WWF en Santiago de Compostela el 24 y el 25 del pasado mes de enero asistieron 70 expertos de Galicia, Asturias y el Norte de Portugal. La prensa escrita cubrió el evento de manera amplia: 32 noticias en 24 periódicos y revistas de Galicia y Asturias. Además, nueve medios audiovisuales nacionales lo difundieron en noticias e informativos. Así difundió la noticia El correo Gallego el domingo 25:EL CORREO GALLEGO TERRAS DE SANTIAGO - 25-ene-2015_Página_2

Las conclusiones y recomendaciones provisionales de los expertos (se ha abierto un período de incorporación de modificaciones), incluidas en tres ámbitos (investigación, gestión y comercialización) pueden ser consultadas en el enlace.

El foro del pulpo organizado por el proyecto GAP2 y WWF en los medios

El 24 y el 25 del pasado mes de enero se celebró en Santiago de Compostela un Foro Internacional sobre el pulpo, co-organizado por el proyecto GAP y WWF. Al foro asistieron 70 expertos de Galicia, Asturias y el Norte de Portugal, pertenecientes a los ámbitos de la pesca, la administración o la ciencia. Su celebración tuvo diversa repercusión en los medios de comunicación.

El telexornal de mediodía de la televisión de Galicia divulgó el día 25 de enero la noticia:

Simposio Internacional sobre métodos colaborativos y sostenibilidad pesquera del proyecto GAP2

GAP2 International Symposium

Save the date: 24th to 26th February 2015, Barcelona

“A celebration of four years of bringing together fishers, scientists, and policy makers to find new, collaborative methods for supporting sustainable seas”

– Dr Steven Mackinson, GAP2 Coordinator

 In March 2015, the GAP2 project will complete four years of research at the forefront of participatory fisheries science in Europe.

Our three-day event will celebrate successes and critically examine challenges of participatory research methods, using experience gained ‘in the field’ with fishers, scientists, and policy makers from 11 different European countries.

You are kindly requested to SAVE THE DATE for this international event: to be held in at the World Trade Centre, Barcelona, 24th to 26th February, 2015.

Formal invitations will follow shortly.

 Who should attend?

The GAP2 International Symposium is being designed for fishers, scientists, policy makers, journalists, and communications professionals from across Europe, with an interest in how more inter-disciplinary collaboration can help build and support sustainable fishing practices across species and national boundaries.

Translation services for the following languages will be provided for the symposium:

English, Spanish, Italian and French.


Lectures, key note addresses and panel debates

A range of workshops, including “Co-management in Spain: Past Experiences and Future Plans”, hosted with the Catalan Regional Government and WWF-Spain.

Informal sessions, inviting debate from all participants

A field trip to GAP2’s Mediterranean Red Shrimp case study

A photographic exhibition on participatory research in action

The ‘Great Exhibition’ – an interactive ‘marketplace’ of collaboration

The event will provide an open forum for those involved in participatory and co-management projects to exchange views and experiences. The event will also examine the wider application of participatory research as a key component of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) in the EU.


For further information, please contact: Marja Bruisschaart (marja.bruisschaart@wur.nl)