Kystsamfund conference September 2014

A conference titled “Coastal fisheries and coastal communities in the N-Atlantic” was held on September 27th in connection with the Icelandic Fisheries Exhibition that took place in Kópavogur, Iceland, September 25-27.

Kystfiskeri presentersSigurdur Ingi JohannssonAttendees

Coastal fisheries and coastal communities in the N-Atlantic are faced with numerous challenges, some of which are specific for each country and some that are common for the area as a whole. These challenges were discussed at the conference and opportunities for a common effort to contribute to solving some of these challenges were explored.

The conference took place at the ICEFISH premises in Smárinn, Kópavogur on Saturday morning September 27th between 10:15 and 14:00. The conference programme can be viewed here. The conference was delivered in English, attendance was open for everyone and free of charge.

The conference was attended by the following stakeholders List of attendees

A Conference summary report , as well as a report containing all of the presentations with summation of main points have been published.

A closed workshop was held prior to the conference i.e. on Wednesday September 24th where invited experts discussed the topic at hand in detail.

The conference agenda, with copies of the presentations and video of the speeches can be seen below:

Time Presentation title Speaker
10:15 – 10:20 Opening of the conference                 Sigurdur Ingi Johannsson_opening of the conference Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson, Minister of fisheries and agriculture
 10:20 – 10:30 Welcome                    Vidarsson_Welcome Jónas R. Viðarsson (Matís)
 10:30 – 10:45 Norway                              Iversen_Norway1                         Iversen_Norway2 Audun Iversen (Nofima) & Hrafn Sigvaldason (Eskoy)
 10:45 – 11:00 Sweden                                            Larson and Ottosson_Sweden1            Larson and Ottosson_Sweden2  Bengt Larson (Sveriges yrkesfiskares) & Carl-Axel Ottosson (Karlsrona municipality)
 11:00 – 11:15  Denmark                        Lund_Denmark1                          Lund_Denmark2 Henrik S. Lund (Danmarks Fiskeriforening) & Max Nielsen (University of Copenhagen)
 11:15 – 11:30  Faroe Islands                  Djurhuus_Faroe Islands1              Djurhuus_Faroe Islands2  Durita Djurhuus (Syntesa) &  Auðunn Konráðsson (Meginfelag útróðramann)
 11:30 – 11:45 Greenland             Berthelsen_Greenland1           Berthelsen_Greenland2 Tønnes Berthelsen (KNAPK)
 11:45 – 12:00  Newfoundland                              Manuel and Decker_Newfoundland1    Manuel and Decker_Newfoundland2  Heather Manuel (Marine Institute) &  David Decker (FFAW)
 12:00 – 12:15  Coffee break
 12:15 – 12:30 Iceland                         Vidarsson_Iceland1   Vidarsson_Iceland2 Sveinn Agnarsson (University of Iceland),  Jónas R. Viðarsson (Matís) &  Halldór Ármannsson (National Association of Small Boat Owners)
 12:30 – 12:45 Presentation on the project “Employment and salary of Nordic coastal fishermen  Waldo_Employment and salary1   Waldo_Employment and salary2 Staffan Waldo (SLU), Max Nielsen (University of Copenhagen)
 12:45 – 13:00 Operating environment of coastal vessels in Norway, the case of Eskoy AS                              Sigurdsson and Sigvaldason_Eskoy1   Sigurdsson and Sigvaldason_Eskoy2  Sigurdsson and Sigvaldason_Eskoy3 Hrafn Sigvaldason & Bjarni Sigurðsson (Eskoy AS)
 13:00 – 13:15 Coastal communities and regional development in Iceland                      Canceled Þóroddur Bjarnason (The Icelandic Regional Development Institute & University of Akureyri)
 13:15 -14:00  Q&A

– Conference title and themes
Coastal fisheries and coastal communities in the N-Atlantic

– A short description of what will be covered
Coastal fisheries and coastal communities in the N-Atlantic have been struggling for survival in recent years. The North Atlantic coastal sector in general is struggling to return profits, the number of young people starting out in the industry is low, quality of the coastal catch is highly variable and the coastal communities have problems relying almost entirely on catch from small vessels that are highly dependent on weather. Different social structures, educational opportunities and requirements towards certain “quality of life” issues have also had the affects that people have been migrating from the coastal communities into larger cities. There is also fierce competition between different fleet types in each of the respective countries, as they compete for the same scares resource, which has created tension and disunity within the catching sectors. Survival of coastal communities in the N-Atlantic and Nordic countries has therefore become to a large extent a political issue, rather than just a question of good or bad business. Social, economic and environmental considerations therefore need to be addressed when looking at the future of coastal fisheries and coastal.
The objective of this project is to create a network of people across the N-Atlantic and Nordic countries that can contribute to a constructive discussion on the future of the N-Atlantic coastal communities and the role of the coastal sector in the national economy, regional development and other relevant issues. The project partners will provide an analysis on the coast sectors in each of the Nordic countries (Labrador & Newfoundland included) and a draft outcome will be made available at a conference and a workshop held in connection with ICEFISH 2014. The input from that conference/workshop will contribute to a NMR report on the subject that will be published in 2015.

– Any details regarding keynote sessions and/or speakers

The conference is organised by MATÍS in Iceland, and sponsored by the Nordic Council of ministers.

– Venue information, dates and times?
Kópavogur, 27th of September 2014.

– Is the conference free-to-attend?

– Will the conference be delivered in English?


– Contact Person and contact numbers for this conference:
Jónas R. Viðarsson
Phone: +354 8585107