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Indicators for fisheries Management in Europe

Objective

The Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) requires the progressive implementation of an ecosystem-based approach to fisheries management (EBFM), including measures to 'limit the environmental impact of the CFP'. EBFM requires that managers take account of a wide range of fisheries impacts when setting objectives and attempts to meet these objectives will need to be supported by reliable scientific advice and effective management decision- making.

Indicators can support the decision making process by:
(1) describing the pressures affecting the ecosystem, the state of the ecosystem and the response of managers,
(2) tracking progress towards meeting management objectives and
(3) communicating trends in complex impacts and management processes to a non-specialist audience.

The project 'Indicators for fisheries MAnaGement in Europe' (IMAGE) seeks to develop an operational framework of candidate indicators to support ecosystem-based fisheries management, to elaborate these indicators into comprehensive dashboards to support management decision making, to develop methodology to integrate this information into tools supporting the decision making process, to develop a framework that can evaluate management strategies based on indicators, and to test their applicability in regional case studies, taking into account the diversity of the fishery systems in Europe.

The application of indicators in management systems requires that they are understood by, and therefore accessible to, stakeholders and a major focus of the project will be to engage stakeholders through the emerging Regional Advisory Councils (RAC). IMAGE will thus support the development of an effective EBFM in the context of the CFP, while also contributing to the applied science needed to support the emerging European Marine Strategy and Maritime Policy.

Call for proposal

FP6-2005-SSP-5-A
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Funding Scheme

STREP - Specific Targeted Research Project
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Coordinator

STICHTING DIENST LANDBOUWKUNDIG ONDERZOEK
Address
Costerweg 50
9101 Wageningen
Netherlands

Participants (6)

INSTITUT FRANCAIS DE RECHERCHE POUR L'EXPLOITATION DE LA MER
France
Address
155 Rue Jean Jacques Rousseau
Issy-les-moulineaux
DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET (TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF DENMARK)
Denmark
Address
Anker Engelunds Vej 1
Kgs. Lyngby
AALBORG UNIVERSITET
Denmark
Address
Frederik Bajers Vej 5
Aalborg
COISPA TECNOLOGIA & RICERCA
Italy
Address
Via Dei Trulli N°18
Bari
ESTONIAN MARINE INSTITUTE, UNIVERSITY OF TARTU
Estonia
Address
Mäealuse 10A
Tallinn
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