Terms of Reference for a Consultancy agreement on Fisheries (UK)
Closing date: 5 May 2021
Oceana in Europe is looking for a consultant to support our sustainable fisheries campaign activities in the UK during 2021. In close coordination with the Oceana team, the consultant will influence the setting of Total Allowable Catches (TACs), the implementation of the UK Fisheries Act and the adoption of new fisheries rules. This will include the preparation and review of campaign materials (e.g., briefings, reports, press releases), as well as direct advocacy efforts targeting UK decision-makers. This is a UK-based, time-limited consultancy until the end of 2021.
Oceana is the largest international advocacy organisation dedicated solely to ocean conservation. Oceana is rebuilding abundant and biodiverse oceans by winning science-based policies in countries that control one-third of the world’s wild fish catch. With more than 225 victories that stop overfishing, habitat destruction, pollution, and the killing of threatened species like turtles and sharks, Oceana’s campaigns are delivering results. Together, we can protect the world’s ocean.
The UK´s decision to leave the EU, and therefore the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), has substantial consequences in the governance and regulatory framework system for the management of UK fish stocks, including stocks shared with third parties.
The UK has adopted the UK Fisheries Act 2020, which sets the basic legal framework for the management of UK fisheries, and established bilateral agreements and memoranda of understanding with the main North-East Atlantic fishing states and organisations, including Norway, the Faroe Islands, Greenland, Iceland, and the EU, as well as becoming a North East Atlantic Fisheries Commission (NEAFC) Contracting Party. Further, in accordance with the Trade and Cooperation Agreement, the UK is negotiating catch limits for the main commercial stocks with the EU on an annual basis.
In 2021, the UK & devolved Governments will continue developing their fisheries policy and management framework, notably the UK Joint Fisheries Statements and Secretary of State Fisheries Statement. They will also work to develop the first tranche of fisheries management plans, while at the same time starting to implement the current domestic and international management rules.
The UK must deliver on its commitment to achieve sustainable fisheries. Without this the recovery trend achieved so far and the future sustainable exploitation of fish resources, are put at risk. To safeguard public, natural, and renewable fish resources for now and future generations, the UK must take the lead in North-East Atlantic fisheries management.
The Fisheries campaign team at Oceana in Europe is working to ensure that:
- Catch limits for UK fish stocks do not exceed the best available scientific advice, including for shared stocks with the EU.
- UK fisheries policies and regulations, particularly in the UK Fisheries Statement and the Secretary of State Fisheries Statement, further commit to rebuild fisheries and end overfishing.
- The provisions requiring science-based management included in the UK Fisheries Act are implemented, including the Fisheries Objectives and Fisheries Management Plans.
Duration of the project
From 17 May to 31 December 2021.
Purpose of the contract
The consultant will:
- Set up and conduct advocacy meetings with decision makers (online or in-person, when travel is both permitted and safe).
- Prepare and review technical and policy content (e.g. position papers, contributions to consultations, reports) as needed.
- Prepare and review communication materials for use and distribution online and to media (e.g. social media content, press releases, op-eds, blogs, videos).
- Organise and participate in events and in NGO coordination meetings (online or in-person, when travel is both permitted and safe).
- By July 2021 elaborate at least one position paper on the setting of fishing opportunities for UK fish stocks for 2022.
- By August 2021 produce and disseminate a briefing on Oceana’s key objectives for the implementation of the UK Fisheries Act including fisheries management plans.
- By September 2021 elaborate one position paper on the UK Fisheries Statement and the Secretary of State Fisheries Statement.
- By Autumn 2021 respond to public consultations to ensure that the UK Joint Fisheries Statement and the Secretary of State Fisheries Statement include clear actions to deliver on sustainability objectives.
- By October 2021 assist with efforts to profile the need for science-based fisheries management in national and regional media (e.g. help draft op-eds and press releases and develop social media content).
- By November 2021 produce briefings, letters and social media materials to push for the setting of 2022 fishing opportunities not exceeding scientific advice for fish populations shared among the UK and the EU.
- By December 2021 produce and/or contribute to the drafting of at least five press releases regarding fisheries management, including on the setting of fishing opportunities, on the fisheries statements and on the implementation of the UK Fisheries Act.
- Throughout the consultancy contribute to advocacy efforts towards the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), devolved administrations, and Members of Parliament; set up and attend meetings with these and other stakeholders, either online or in person.
- Until December 2021 participate in weekly fisheries campaign meetings, ad-hoc fisheries campaign meetings, and NGO coordination meetings.
Oceana will review each deliverable, unless otherwise noted.
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