The European Association of Fisheries Economists
- About EAFE
- EAFE Rules
What is EAFE?
Founded in 1989, EAFE is an independent association of economists working in fisheries, including the catching, aquaculture and on-shore sectors, in Europe. EAFE is registered in France under the Law of 1901.
The Objectives of EAFE :
- To promote co-operation in economic research in fisheries and aquaculture
- To assist in the dissemination of information about fisheries economics among members
- To undertake any activity deemed appropriate to further the understanding of fisheries economics
- To serve as a channel of communication with other interested bodies
Membership of EAFE
Membership of EAFE is obtained simply by completing a membership form and on payment of the subscription.
Membership is open to any economist working in fisheries in academia, the industry, or the public sector, from or working in Europe.
Associate membership is available to non-economists from Europe and to economists outside Europe working in fisheries.
Corporate membership is available to institutions and representative groups in Europe with an interest in fisheries and fisheries economics research. For further information click on join EAFE.
The Structure of EAFE
The day-to-day running of EAFE is undertaken by a Bureau of five Officers - the President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Rapporteur.
Funding of EAFE
EAFE was initially established with the encouragement of the European Commission but is entirely self-funded by membership subscriptions. Two auditors check the EAFE financial statements and prepare a report for each General Meeting. The audited accounts are presented to the AGM each year.
The EAFE Conference
EAFE holds an academic Conference every two years in spring, each time in a different European country. The conference is open to members and non-members and we aim to attract consultants, industry members and policy makers to our conferences as well as researchers and academics. It features presentations by keynote speakers who have made a significant contribution to fisheries economics. Themed parallel sessions allow researchers to present and discuss papers relating to the topics. There is also a session for papers outside the conference themes and round table discussions on key policy issues in European fisheries.
For further information click on Conferences.
The EAFE General Meeting
The EAFE General Meeting now takes place every two years during the Conference. The General Meeting is only open to members and includes:
- President’s report
- Treasurer’s report on the accounts
- Election of bureau members
Workshops on topics of key importance are organised every two years when there is not an EAFE conference. These workshops are designed especially to encourage dialogue between policy makers, industry businesses and researchers and may be put on by any member with the endorsement of the bureau. More academic workshops to enable members to discuss ongoing research can be organised by any member with the agreement of the bureau.
From time to time the EAFE bureau or members may identify opportunities to fulfill our objectives via extra events.
EAFE collaborated with MEPs to offer, in December 2011, an informal workshop with six expert presentations on reform of the Common Organisation of Markets within the Common Fisheries Policy. The workshop was very well attended by MEPs and was an excellent way to fulfill our objective to serve as a channel of communication and alert MEPs to EAFE as a source of expertise.
Staying in Touch
EAFE members receive email updates with news from the bureau and each other about research, publications, conferences and events. All members can share items using this service.
Click here to email an item for distribution to the EAFE membership.
Original Rules of EAFE
The name of the association shall be the European Association of Fisheries Economists (EAFE).
2.1 To promote co-operation in economic research in fisheries and aquaculture.
2.2 To assist in the dissemination of information about fisheries economics among members.
2.3 To undertake any activity deemed appropriate to further the understanding of fisheries economics.
2.4 To serve as a channel of communication with other interested bodies.
3.1 Membership is open to any economist, working in research, industry or administration in the fisheries sector, from or working in a member state of the European Economic Area.
3.2 Associate membership without voting rights will be available to non-economists and to economists in other countries with an interest in European fisheries economics.
3.3 Membership is open to individuals or corporate bodies satisfying 3.1 upon payment of a membership subscription.
4.1 There will be an annual meeting to approve the accounts, elect officers and undertake such other business as deemed necessary.
4.2 Notice of the annual meeting and any special meetings shall be at least 28 days.
4.3 The quorum for annual and special meetings shall be ten members.
5.1 The annual meeting will have power to set subscriptions
5.2 The Association shall have power to seek funding from any appropriate source.
5.3 It will be necessary for two officers to authorise expenditure of funds. 6. Officers
6.1 The annual meeting will elect a president, vice-president, secretary, rapporteur and treasurer by ballot.
6.2 The officers acting together as a Bureau shall have power to establish ad hoc or standing workshops and commissions to carry out any function which advances the Objectives of the Association.
6.3 The officers will serve in one position for no more than 3 consecutive years.
6.4 If the president resigns, the vice-president shall serve as president until the next annual meeting.
6.5 As far as possible, the officers will be chosen from different countries of the community.
6.6 The officers will have authority to disburse the funds of the Association in pursuit of its objectives and to take such decisions between annual and special meetings as necessary.
6.7 The president shall have power to call the annual or special meetings and will preside at them. He will be an ex-officio member of all standing commissions.
6.8 The rapporteur will be responsible for keeping the minutes of annual and special meetings, for drawing up their agenda in consultation with the president and for issuing notice of such meetings. The secretary will maintain records of the membership.
6.9 The treasurer shall be responsible for keeping the accounts of the Association and shall present an audited statement of accounts to the annual meeting for approval. The treasurer will collect and maintain records of subscriptions.
6.10 An annual or special meeting may appoint such other officers as are deemed necessary, and define their functions.
6.11 The president and treasurer shall ordinarily enter into financial commitments on behalf of the Association.
6.12 If two of the president, vice-president, secretary, rapporteur and treasurer resign, then an election for their positions shall be held within two months.
7. Changes of the rules
Changes to the rules will be subject to a two-thirds majority of those voting at an annual or special meeting.
Voting at meetings shall be by ballot and a simple majority of those voting will suffice, subject to Rule
9. Interpretation of the rules
The officers, elected under rule 6.1 and acting together, will have power to interpret the rules and to make any necessary provision where the rules are uncertain, for matters not covered by the rules.
Updates to the EAFE Rules
a. Agreed at the General Meeting in March 2005:
The EAFE Conference is now to be held every two years, with workshops in intervening years.
b. Agreed at the General Meeting in July 2007:
- i. 4.1 There will be a meeting every TWO years to approve the accounts, elect officers and undertake such other business as deemed necessary.
- ii. 6.3 The officers will serve in one position for no more than TWO consecutive terms of office (each of two years).