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Enhancing Seafood Ethics and Sustainability: A Values and Ecosystem-based Management Approach

Total Cost €


EC-Contrib. €






Project "eSEAS" data sheet

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Organization address
address: MUSEPLASSEN 1
city: BERGEN
postcode: 5020

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 Coordinator Country Norway [NO]
 Total cost 208˙400 €
 EC max contribution 208˙400 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2016
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-06-01   to  2019-07-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITETET I BERGEN NO (BERGEN) coordinator 208˙400.00


 Project objective

This project aims to explore new ways of securing seafood sustainability by embedding ethics and values in the management framework. In resource management and governance the explicit articulation of values is missing. Values can aid decision-makers in resolving inherent policy trade-offs that emerge at the science-policy nexus. This will facilitate more transparent, accountable, and inclusive public decision-making. eSEAS’ objectives are threefold: a. to promote cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research in the nascent field of seafood ethics; b. to develop three innovative multidisciplinary “fit-for-purpose” decision-support tools to enhance seafood ethics and sustainability; and c. to implement ethical approaches to European management challenges, including the complex multijurisdictional Norwegian-spring spawning and North Sea herring fisheries. The eSEAS action consists of five integrated research and training activities: 1. to define seafood ethics in relation to marine resource sustainability, policy, and governance within a post-normal science approach; 2. to develop an integrated ethical triage approach to assess sustainability with ethical indicators and test it for the balanced harvesting approach; 3. to conduct value chain analyses of European case studies, in response to consumer demand for ethical seafood; 4. to refine the values- and ecosystem-based management approach (VEBMA) I developed by incorporating a robust knowledge quality assessment and a game-theoretical / agent-based modelling approach to search for stable equilibria given stakeholder preferences; and 5. to introduce an ethical approach and apply aspects of the refined VEBMA to the NSS and North Sea herring fisheries management at ICES participatory workshops. Through public engagement and dissemination, eSEAS will catalyze a science-society dialogue and collective actions to enhance seafood ethics and sustainability.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Mimi E. Lam and Tony J. Pitcher
Ecological Model of the Norwegian Sea and Barents Sea: EwE Norbar Model
published pages: 122-123, ISSN: , DOI:
Report of the Working Group on Integrated Ecosystem Assessments for the Norwegian Sea (WGINOR). ICES WGINOR REPORT 2018. 26-30 November 2018. Reykjavik, Iceland ICES CM 2018/IEASG:10 2019-10-03
2018 Szymon Surma, Tony J. Pitcher, Rajeev Kumar, Divya Varkey, Evgeny A. Pakhomov, Mimi E. Lam
Herring supports Northeast Pacific predators and fisheries: Insights from ecosystem modelling and management strategy evaluation
published pages: e0196307, ISSN: 1932-6203, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0196307
PLOS ONE 13/7 2019-10-03
2018 Mimi E. Lam, Patricia Angkiriwang, Szymon Surma, and Tony J. Pitcher
Pacific Herring Values and Ethics: Linking Cultures, Fisheries, and Ecology
published pages: 264-284, ISSN: , DOI:
Proceedings of the Asia-Pacific Society for Agricultural and Food Ethics 2018 Congress - Climate Change and Food: Challenges for the Future 2018 2019-10-03
2018 Mimi E. Lam, Tony J. Pitcher, Silvio O. Funtowicz and Jeroen P. van der Sluis
Preliminary Knowledge Quality Assessment of ICES Advice for NSSH Fishery
published pages: 90-94, ISSN: , DOI:
Report of the Workshop on a long-term management strategy for Norwegian Spring-spawning herring (WKNSSHMSE), 26-27 August 2018, Torshavn, Faroe Islands ICES CM 2018/ACOM: 53 2019-10-03
2019 Ned Fetcher, Mimi E. Lam, Carmen R. Cid, and Teresa Mourad
Contingent Faculty in Ecology and STEM: An Uneven Landscape of Challenges for Higher Education
published pages: , ISSN: 2150-8925, DOI:
Ecosphere in press 2019-10-03
2019 ME Lam, TJ Pitcher, S Surma, J Scott, M Kaiser, ASJ White, EA Pakhomov, LM Ward
Value- and ecosystem-based management approach: the Pacific herring fishery conflict
published pages: 341-364, ISSN: 0171-8630, DOI: 10.3354/meps12972
Marine Ecology Progress Series 617-618 2019-10-03

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