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Response of benthic communities and sediment to different regimens of fishing disturbance in European coastal waters

Objective

REPONSE is an integrated strategy to know the response of the biotic environment structure and the changes of the particulate matter dynamic, caused by the disturbance of fishing activity. This research is focused to provide new perspectives and management options to the CFP in order to achieve sustainable fisheries and of protection of biodiversity, a widely recognised problem in moving towards ecosystem-based management in fisheries.

The main objective is to obtain more knowledge on mid and long-term effects to different regimens of fishing trawl perturbation on the seabed, analysing cessation of fishing activity and different levels of fishing effort. The study will be performed in real fishing grounds of the European coastal waters. The objectives will be achieved with 6 multidisciplinary workpackages, by estimation of changes in sedimentologic process, benthic and fish community, and secondary production of the lower trophic levels.

Coordinator

CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Address
Passeig Maritim De La Barceloneta 37-49
Barcelona
Spain

Participants (5)

ALFRED-WEGENER INSTITUT FÜR POLAR UND MEERESFORSCHUNG
Germany
Address
Columbus Strasse Postfach 12 01 61
Bremerhaven
CONSORZIO PER IL CENTRO INTERUNIVERSITARIO DI BIOLOGIA MARINA ED ECOLOGIA APPLICATA
Italy
Address
Viale Nazario Sauro, 4
Livorno
INSTITUTO ESPAÑOL DE OCEANOGRAFÍA
Spain
Address
C/varadero 1
San Pedro Del Pinatar
MEDITERRANEO SERVICIOS MARINOS S.L
Spain
Address
Moll De Llevant S/n
Alicante
UNIVERSITY OF WALES, BANGOR
United Kingdom
Address
Askew Street
Menai Bridge