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Forage Fish Interactions

Objective

Removal of a forage fish has consequences for both predators and prey of forage fish. As everything is connected, every management action has a price which goes beyond the apparent, direct effect on the target species. The fishery on forage fish can therefore not be seen in isolation, as the immediate gain in profit from the fishery has to be discounted by the lowered potential for production of large piscivorous fish. Management actions on other species also influences forage fish, i.e. conservation efforts on marine mammals or sea birds have direct consequences for the predation pressure on forage fish. The objective of the project is to provide insight and quantitative advice on the ecosystem wide consequences of management actions directly or indirectly related to forage fish. The two overarching questions are: 1. What are the consequences of forage fish fisheries on (a) predator growth and abundance, (b) economic output of fisheries on piscivorous species, and (c) ecosystem stability and the risk for regime shifts? 2. What are the consequences of changes in predator populations on forage fish populations and fisheries? The methods is a combination of ecosystem models, of process studies aimed at feeding into the models, of economical models, and of data-analysis of existing data sources. The project covers four ecosystems in detail; Norwegian-Barents Sea, Baltic Sea, North Sea and Bay of Biscay. FACTS bring together leading European fisheries and university institutes working on creating the tools for ecosystem based management. The active involvement of the institutes in the current management provides a means for the results of the project to feed into management. The project furthermore includes a network component which ensures a wider dissemination of methods and results within the marine scientific community.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/zoology/mammalogy
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/zoology/mammalogy/cetology
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/fisheries
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/biological behavioural sciences/ethology/biological interaction
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/ecology/ecosystems

Call for proposal

FP7-KBBE-2009-3
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Funding Scheme

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

DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET
Address
Anker Engelundsvej 1 Bygning 101 A
2800 Kgs Lyngby
Denmark
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 550 925
Administrative Contact
Ole Henrik Haslund (Mr.)

Participants (14)

Food and Environment Research Agency
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 297 845
Address
Area 1A, Nobel House, Smith Square 17
SW1P 3JR London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jane Medler (Ms.)
FUNDACION AZTI - AZTI FUNDAZIOA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 249 769
Address
Txatxarramendi Ugartea Z/g
48395 Sukarrieta
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Xabier Irigoien (Dr.)
INSTITUT FRANCAIS DE RECHERCHE POUR L'EXPLOITATION DE LA MER
France
EU contribution
€ 159 983
Address
1625 Route De Sainte Anne Zone Industrielle De La Pointe Du Diable
29280 Plouzane
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Verena Trenkel (Dr.)
UNIVERSITAET HAMBURG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 297 994
Address
Mittelweg 177
20148 Hamburg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Mina Nasseh (Ms.)
HAVFORSKNINGSINSTITUTTET
Norway
EU contribution
€ 248 004
Address
Nordnesgaten 50
5817 Bergen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Turid Loddengaard (Ms.)
SYDDANSK UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 158 647
Address
Campusvej 55
5230 Odense M
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Niels Vestergaard (Prof.)
CHRISTIAN-ALBRECHTS-UNIVERSITAET ZU KIEL
Germany
EU contribution
€ 100 000
Address
Olshausenstrasse 40
24118 Kiel
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Susanne Neufeldt (Ms.)
RIISTA- JA KALATALOUDEN TUTKIMUSLAITOS
Finland
EU contribution
€ 72 533
Address
Viikinkaari 4
00790 Helsinki
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Eero Aro (Dr.)
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 133 024
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Patrice Soullie (Mr.)
KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 90 000
Address
Norregade 10
1165 Kobenhavn
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ivan Kristoffersen (Mr.)
INSTITUT FUER OSTSEEFORSCHUNG WARNEMUENDE AN DER UNIVERSITAET ROSTOCK
Germany
EU contribution
€ 34 993
Address
15 Seestrasse
18119 Rostock
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Cornelia Döring (Ms.)
THE UNIVERSITY COURT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ST ANDREWS
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 195 213
Address
North Street 66 College Gate
KY16 9AJ St Andrews
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Alisdair Gibson (Dr.)
INSTITUTO ESPANOL DE OCEANOGRAFIA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 49 800
Address
Corazon De Maria 8
28002 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Miguel Bernal (Dr.)
STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 299 645
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Cees Klepper (Mr.)