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Mitigating ADverse Ecological impacts of open ocean fisheries

Objective

A particular attention has been paid worldwide on longline fisheries as they catch considerable amount of by-catch (seabirds, turtles, sharks, etc.). Seabird and turtles by-catch mitigation methods have now been established in many fisheries worldwide, but similar efforts must be put to reduce by-catch of sharks. In the same ecosystems, another issue attracts the attention of international tuna commissions: the use of drifting fish aggregating devices (FADs). These FADs are responsible for major catches of juvenile tuna and non target pelagic species (sharks). Finally, the effects of thousands of FADs released regularly in the tropical oceans are unknown, and must be studied to estimate if they impact the biology of pelagic species. The European open ocean tropical and Mediterranean pelagic fishery (Spain, France, Portugal, Italy, Greece) is one of the main sources of catch, income and employment for the European fishery, with interactions with many developing countries. The main objective of the project is to develop measures to mitigate adverse impacts of fisheries targeting large pelagic fish in the open ocean: purse seiners using FADs and longliners. Two main categories of mitigation measures will be studied: spatial management issues (e.g. closure areas) and technical solutions to reduce by-catch in these fisheries. The main concept of MADE is to follow a multi-disciplinary and comparative approach, combining biological and technological studies with economical analyses in different sites (Indian and Atlantic oceans, Mediterranean Sea), with a particular effort to closely associate fishers from the beginning of this research. High-tech technology and novel approaches will be employed (electronic tagging, in situ and in vitro experiments, etc.), and a particular effort will be devoted to disseminate results to fishers, tuna commissions, EU DG Fisheries, and scientists.

Field of science

  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/fisheries
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries

Call for proposal

FP7-KBBE-2007-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

INSTITUT DE RECHERCHE POUR LE DEVELOPPEMENT
Address
Boulevard De Dunkerque 44 Cs 90009
13572 Marseille
France
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 775 238
Administrative Contact
Laurent Dagorn (Dr.)

Participants (12)

SEYCHELLES FISHING AUTHORITY
Seychelles
EU contribution
€ 50 250
Address
Laurier Avenue
449 Victoria
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jan Robinson (Mr.)
UNIVERSITE LIBRE DE BRUXELLES
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 80 600
Address
Avenue Franklin Roosevelt 50
1050 Bruxelles
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ode Guissard (Ms.)
FUNDACION AZTI - AZTI FUNDAZIOA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 360 233
Address
Txatxarramendi Ugartea Z/g
48395 Sukarrieta
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Amaia Barrena (Ms.)
AQUASTUDIO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 203 248
Address
Via Trapani 6
98121 Messina
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Antonio Di Natale (Dr.)
HELLENIC CENTRE FOR MARINE RESEARCH
Greece
EU contribution
€ 184 000
Address
Leoforos Athens Sounio 46 7Km
19013 Attikia Anavissos
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Stylianos Kastrinakis (Mr.)
UNIVERSIDADE FEDERAL RURAL DE PERNAMBUCO
Brazil
EU contribution
€ 163 470
Address
Rua Dom Manoel De Medeiros S/n
52171900 Recife
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Antônio Faustino De Albuquerque Neto (Mr.)
UNIVERSITE DE LA REUNION
France
EU contribution
€ 187 050
Address
Avenue Rene Cassin 15
97715 Saint Denis De La Reunion Cedex 9
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Cédric Charlier (Mr.)
INSTITUT FRANCAIS DE RECHERCHE POUR L'EXPLOITATION DE LA MER
France
EU contribution
€ 196 203
Address
1625 Route De Sainte Anne Zone Industrielle De La Pointe Du Diable
29280 Plouzane
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Marie-José Clement (Ms.)
UNIVERSITE MONTPELLIER 2 SCIENCES ET TECHNIQUES
France
EU contribution
€ 223 500
Address
Place Eugene Bataillon 2
34095 Montpellier
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Aurore Marcos (Mr.)
FONDAZIONE ACQUARIO DI GENOVA ONLUS
Italy
EU contribution
€ 83 720
Address
Area Porto Antico Ponte Spinola
16128 Genova
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Bruna Valettini (Dr.)
IMAR - INSTITUTO DO MAR
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 345 168
Address
Rua Prof Dr Frederico Machado 4 Departamento De Oceanografia E Pescas Univ Dos Acores
9901-862 Horta
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Anabela Amaral (Ms.)
PANEPISTIMIO PATRON
Greece
EU contribution
€ 125 520
Address
University Campus Rio Patras
265 04 Rio Patras
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Constantin Koutsikopoulos (Dr.)