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Capacity, F and Effort

Objective

Capacity reduction and effort limitation are major tools in fisheries management. CFP reform aims to match European fleet capacity to resource availability. Links are assumed between these and fishing mortality, but the scientific basis for these has not been fully established, particularly for pelagic fisheries. The project will examine the relationship between these factors for six case studies; North Sea, Biscay / East Mediterranean pelagic fisheries; and North Sea, western (Biscay / Celtic Sea) and north east Mediterranean demersal fisheries. It will review existing approaches to measuring capacity and effort and control measures derived from these. It will collate data on fleets (catch, vessel / gear metrics, costs & profits, and investment / capital values) and on fish stocks (abundance, distribution, fishing mortality). It will include analyses of fisher's behaviour from targeted fine scale studies. Statistical and mathematical modelling tools will be used to explore and quantify relationships between metrics for the three factors. Metrics will be selected that are suitable for capacity and effort and have good explanatory power in the model systems. Appropriate models and metrics will be developed to quantify the links between capacity, effort and species mortality, partitioned by fleet and area. A key element will be a study of capacity utilisation, i.e. the match between capacity and real effort, including a quantitative study of the factors controlling capacity change, i.e. investment strategy, control legislation and economic factors. Finally, the project will propose a series of new effort and capacity control measures and scenarios. These will be tested and compared to current measures using operational models. At all stages explicit measures will be taken to quantify structural and parametric uncertainty. The final outcome will be a comprehensive review of possible management measures and their likely effect in conserving fish stock resources.

Call for proposal

FP6-2004-SSP-4
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Coordinator

IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE
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Exhibition Road, South Kensington
London
United Kingdom

Participants (14)

INSTITUT FRANCAIS DE RECHERCHE POUR L'EXPLOITATION DE LA MER
France
Address
155 Rue Jean Jacques Rousseau
Issy-les-moulineaux
UNIVERSITY OF COPENHAGEN
Denmark
Address
Noerregade 10
Copenhaguen K
DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITEIT (TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF DENMARK)
Denmark
Address
Anker Engelunds Vej 1
Kgs. Lyngby
SAMFUNNS- OG NAERINGSLIVSFORSKNING AS
Norway
Address
Breiviksveien 40
Bergen
THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR ENVIRONMENT, FOOD AND RURAL AFFAIRS ACTING THROUGH THE CENTRE FOR ENVIRONMENT, FISHERIES AND AQUACULTURE SCIENCE
United Kingdom
Address
Pakefield Road
Lowestoft, Suffolk
THE SCOTTISH MINISTERS ACTING THROUGH MARINE SCOTLAND
United Kingdom
Address
375 Victoria Road
PO BOX 101 Aberdeen
UNIVERSITY OF PORTSMOUTH HIGHER EDUCATION CORPORATION
United Kingdom
Address
University House, Winston Churchill Avenue
Portsmouth
INSTITUTO ESPANOL DE OCEANOGRAFIA
Spain
Address
Avenida De Brasil 31
Madrid
AZTI FUNDAZIOA
Spain
Address
Txatxarramendi Ugartea Z/g
Sukkarieta (Bizkaia)
INSTITUT DE RECHERCHE POUR LE DEVELOPPEMENT
France
Address
Rue La Fayette 213
Paris
ASSOCIATION POUR LA RECHERCHE ET LE DEVELOPPEMENT DES METHODES ET PROCESSUS INDUSTRIELS
France
Address
Boulevard Saint-michel 60
Paris
HELLENIC CENTRE FOR MARINE RESEARCH
Greece
Address
47Th Km Athens - Sounio Av., Mavro Lithari
712 Attica Anavissos
STICHTING DIENST LANDBOUWKUNDIG ONDERZOEK
Netherlands
Address
Costerweg 50
9101 Wageningen
Commission of The European Communities - Directorate General Joint Research Centre
Belgium
Address
Rue De La Loi, 200
Brussels