This is the final report of the FACIT-SME project which received funding under the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). The objective of the FACTS project has been to provide insight and quantitative advice on the ecosystem wide consequences of management actions directly or indirectly related to forage fish. The introductory chapters provide a background on the methods of a combination of ecosystem models and notes that the project covers four ecosystems in detail; Norwegian-Barents Sea, Baltic Sea, North Sea and Bay of Biscay. The bulk of the report is devoted to the results achieved by the project. This part of the report notes that the assessment created can be used to weigh the cost and benefits of different levels of exploitation of the forage fish resources and hence provide a basis for decision makers to integrate forage fish dynamics and their exploitation into the ecosystem approach of the CFP. This has brought ecosystem orientated management in the European waters a significant step ahead.
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Record Number: 15968 / Last updated on: 2013-08-14