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Abstract This paper describes the changing relationship between fishermen, government and scientists and explains how skippers of fishing vessels can contribute to developments in fisheries governance. There are three main modes of governance: 1) hierarchical, 2) market; and 3) participative. Stakeholder participation is considered a participative mode of governance and is widely held to be the way forward for developing sustainable fisheries around the world. Case studies are presented to illustrate the types of data (qualitative and quantitative) that can be collected from surveys that involve fishermen and how this information can help to advance fisheries governance, management, policy and science. Integrated Management Plans that are devised using multi-disciplinary expertise and adopt an inter-disciplinary approach are recommended as a way forward to help the fishing industry to achieve its full potential. The European Commission's recommendations for Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) is illustrated as a process to help inform formulation of an IMP and aid sustainable fisheries management. This study shows how natural and social scientists can work effectively as a multidisciplinary team to help the fishing industry to respond to emerging issues and new developments. Finally, recommendations for improving communication between interested parties are discussed.