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Assessment of the interaction between corals, fish and fisheries, in order to develop monitoring and predictive modelling tools for ecosystem based management in the deep waters of Europe and beyond

Objective

In 2006, the UN General Assembly Resolution (61/105) called upon fisheries management organisations worldwide to: i) assess the impact of bottom fishing on vulnerable marine ecosystems, ii) identify/map vulnerable ecosystems through improved scientific research/data collection, and iii) close such areas to bottom fishing unless conservation and management measures were established to prevent their degradation. In European deep waters, in addition, there is now a need to establish monitoring tools to evaluate the effectiveness of closed areas for the conservation of biodiversity and fish and their impact on fisheries. Currently the tools necessary to achieve these management goals are wholly lacking. CoralFISH aims to support the implementation of an ecosystem-based management approach in the deep-sea by studying the interaction between cold-water coral habitat, fish and fisheries. CoralFISH brings together a unique consortium of deep-sea fisheries biologists, ecosystem researchers/modellers, economists and a fishing industry SME, who will collaborate to collect data from key European marine eco-regions. CoralFISH will: i) develop essential methodologies and indicators for baseline and subsequent monitoring of closed areas, ii) integrate fish into coral ecosystem models to better understand coral fish-carrying capacity, iii) evaluate the distribution of deepwater bottom fishing effort to identify areas of potential interaction and impact upon coral habitat, iv) use genetic fingerprinting to assess the potential erosion of genetic fitness of corals due to long-term exposure to fishing impacts, v) construct bio-economic models to assess management effects on corals and fisheries to provide policy options, and vi) produce as a key output, habitat suitability maps both regionally and for OSPAR Region V to identify areas likely to contain vulnerable habitat. The latter will provide the EU with the tools to address the issues raised by the UNGA resolution.

Field of science

  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/fisheries
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/ecology/ecosystems

Call for proposal

FP7-ENV-2007-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-IP - Large-scale integrating project

Coordinator

NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND GALWAY
Address
University Road
H91 Galway
Ireland
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 600 323,21
Administrative Contact
Jacinta Thornton (Dr.)

Participants (17)

HAVFORSKNINGSINSTITUTTET
Norway
EU contribution
€ 779 665
Address
Nordnesgaten 50
5817 Bergen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Anne Skarstein (Ms.)
HAFRANNSOKNASTOFNUNIN
Iceland
EU contribution
€ 522 499,60
Address
Skulagata 4
101 Reykjavik
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Vignir Thoroddsen (Dr.)
INSTITUT FRANCAIS DE RECHERCHE POUR L'EXPLOITATION DE LA MER
France
EU contribution
€ 767 250
Address
1625 Route De Sainte Anne Zone Industrielle De La Pointe Du Diable
29280 Plouzane
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Philippe Moal (Mr.)
IMAR - INSTITUTO DO MAR
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 452 930,40
Address
Rua Prof Dr Frederico Machado 4 Departamento De Oceanografia E Pescas Univ Dos Acores
9901-862 Horta
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Ricardo Serrão Santos (Prof.)
HELLENIC CENTRE FOR MARINE RESEARCH
Greece
EU contribution
€ 288 300
Address
Leoforos Athens Sounio 46 7Km
19013 Attikia Anavissos
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Stylianos Kastrinakis (Mr.)
CONSORZIO NAZIONALE INTERUNIVERSITARIO PER LE SCIENZE DEL MARE ASSOCIAZIONE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 362 600
Address
Piazzale Flaminio 9
00196 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Maddalena Laggini (Dr.)
KONINKLIJKE NEDERLANDSE AKADEMIE VAN WETENSCHAPPEN - KNAW
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 233 799,60
Address
Kloveniersburgwal 29 Het Trippenhuis
1011 JV Amsterdam
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Erwin A Van De Ridder (Mr.)
Zoological Society of London, Institute of Zoology
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 432 688,80
Address
Regent's Park
NW1 4RY London
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Charles Biggie (Mr.)
UNIVERSITETET I TROMSOE - NORGES ARKTISKE UNIVERSITET
Norway
EU contribution
€ 291 450
Address
Hansine Hansens Veg 14
9019 Tromso
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Terje Wiik (Mr.)
THE UNIVERSITY COURT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ABERDEEN
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 466 489
Address
King's College Regent Walk
AB24 3FX Aberdeen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Frederick Stevenson-Robb (Mr.)
STICHTING NIOZ, KONINKLIJK NEDERLANDS INSTITUUT VOOR ONDERZOEK DER ZEE
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 471 996
Address
Landsdiep 4
1797 SZ Den Hoorn Texel
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Pieter Honkoop (Mr.)
O'MALLEY FISHERIES
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 202 700
Address
Bushypark
Galway
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Patrick O'malley (Mr.)
FRIEDRICH-ALEXANDER-UNIVERSITAET ERLANGEN-NUERNBERG

Participation ended

Germany
EU contribution
€ 102 833,26
Address
Schlossplatz 4
91054 Erlangen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ulrich Winderl (Mr.)
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK - NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, CORK
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 219 528
Address
Western Road
T12 YN60 Cork
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Gerry Sutton (Mr.)
UNIVERSITAET BREMEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 133 500
Address
Bibliothekstrasse 1
28359 Bremen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Inna Huber (Ms.)
AARHUS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 53 943
Address
Nordre Ringgade 1
8000 Aarhus C
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Camilla Mikkelsen (Ms.)
SENCKENBERG GESELLSCHAFT FUR NATURFORSCHUNG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 117 409,94
Address
Senckenberganlage 25
60325 Frankfurt
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Johannes Heilmann (Dr.)