Socio-economic advice in the allocation of quota Griffin Carpenter Economic Modeller, New Economics Foundation, Economic modelling to support fisheries management Article 17 of the reformed Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) states that “When allocating the fishing opportunities available to them, as referred to in Article 16, member states shall use transparent and objective criteria including those of an environmental, social and economic nature.” The phrasing is such that the specific criteria to apply in allocating quota (and other fishing opportunities) is a decision left to Member States. However, the obligation that the criteria chosen be transparent and objective, and also that these decisions have the potential to significantly alter the structure and performance of the Member States’ fishing fleets demands sound socio-economic advice to support decision-making. The Bio-Economic Model of European Fleets (BEMEF) represents the first macro approach to analyse the potential impacts from applying different criteria to the allocation of fishing quota, including criteria on fuel minimisation, job maximisation, effort minimisation and profit maximisation. The model allocated quota amongst a Member State’s fleet by ranking fleet performance over a three-year base period using data from the Annual Economic Report. Potential impacts are then calculated by scaling economic performance from the new quota allocations based on reported economic and effort data. There is enough data available in the Annual Economic Report to cover 263 fleets from 15 EU Member States. Current model development is underway to simulate non-linearities in fleet performance from marginal changes to quota amounts. The results of this modelling exercise indicate that not only is the application of environmental, social and economic criteria now a requirement as part of the CFP, but that doing so also carries potentially large socio-economic benefits in terms of reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, GVA generated and jobs supported – depending on the criteria used. The choice between criteria also carries trade-offs and not all outcomes can be simultaneously maximised. As different Member States have very different quota allocation systems already in place it is important to go deeper than the macro results to capture these national realities. A descriptive overview of how Article 17 likely applies to different Member States is provided. A case study in how Article 17 could be applied to the sea bass fishery in the UK is also described. While not under managed under a Total Allowable Catch, sea bass is a fish stock that has come under increasing interest and pressure for decision-makers as the stock is undergoing dramatic decline and there are limited fishing opportunities to allocated amongst the three major fleets in the UK (drift and fixed nets, gears using hooks, and demersal trawlers). A case study is presented in how the application of 13 different criteria might be applied to decide which fleets should get access to bass fishing opportunities and a multi-criteria decision analysis (MCDA) that brings all the criteria together. A survey of experts and non- experts was undertaken to determine the weighting between the different criteria for the MCDA. The poster will present the model results from BEMEF, a descriptive section on how socioeconomic advice could be applied through Article 17 in different Member States and a case study on allocating sea bass fishing opportunities in the UK.