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Costing the impact of demersal fishing on marine ecosystem processes and biodiversity

Objective

The project addresses the conflicting EU objectives of maintaining sustainable fisheries in European waters with all the economic benefits afforded to the community through the fishing industry, whilst at the same time maintaining biodiversity and avoiding negative effects on the environment.

COST-IMPACT aims to put an economic valuation or costing on marine ecosystem resources or goods and services and indicate how this value is affected by fishing. This will provide fisheries and coastal zone managers with an effective tool to determine their policies.

The primary objectives are to provide advice to decision makers on:
1.) How demersal fishing impacts the biodiversity of marine benthos and the associated goods and services, such as nutrient cycling that they provide
2.) How these impacts influence other marine ecosystem processes and then
3.) What the likely values of marine ecosystem goods and services are and how these values are affected by fishing.

Coordinator

PLYMOUTH MARINE LABORATORY
Address
Prospect Place West Hoe
Plymouth

Participants (11)

ECOLOGICAL CONSULTANCY SERVICES LTD
Address
B19 Kcr Industrial Estate Kimmage
Dublin 12
GDANSK UNIVERSITY
Address
Al. Marszalka Pilsudskiego 46
Gdynia
INSTITUTE OF MARINE BIOLOGY OF CRETE
Address
Main Port Heraklion
Heraklion
LANDBOUW ECONOMISCH INSTITUUT
Address
Burgemeester Patijnlaan 19
Den Haag
NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL
Address
Polaris House, North Star Avenue
Swindon Wiltshire
NORWEGIAN INSTITUTE FOR WATER RESEARCH
Address
Kjelsaas Brekkeveien 19
Oslo
PRIMER-E LTD
Address
6 Hedingham Gardens Roborough
Plymouth
SEA FISHERIES INSTITUTE (MORSKI INSTYTUT RYBACKI)
Address
Kollataja 1
Gdynia
UNIVERSITY OF EAST ANGLIA
Address
University Plain
Norwich
UNIVERSITY OF OSLO
Address
Blindern
Oslo
UNIVERSITY OF WALES, BANGOR
Address
Askew Street
Menai Bridge