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Science, Technology, and Society Initiative to minimize Unwanted Catches in European Fisheries

Objective

The complexity of the problem of banning discards and bringing all unwanted catches to land makes it necessary to follow a multi-actor approach, whereby scientists, fisheries technologists, fish producers and NGOs work collaboratively to provide the scientific and technical basis to achieve the gradual elimination of discards in European marine fisheries. The project’s overall objective is to minimise unwanted catches by incentivising the adoption of fishing technologies and practices that reduce pre-harvest mortality and post-harvest discards, while avoiding damage to sensitive marine species and habitats. The general approach is based on technical/technological and socioeconomic solutions on a case-by-case analysis of the main types of European fisheries. The project will analyze existing and potential discard-mitigating innovative technologies in workshop roundtables with participation of fishers, technologists and scientists. The technologies selected will be tested in field trials to experimentally assess their efficiency: among other, improved precatch identification with observational technologies and pre-harvest loss reduction by gear modification and switching to light impact gear. The results will be analyzed in terms of technological advances, marketability and cost-benefit analysis. Other actions included in the project are social and economic instruments to incentivise selective fishing and discourage discarding practices, such as ecolabelling, fisheries certification and promoting awareness among industry and consumers, and mathematical modelling of ecosystem effects of unwanted catches reduction.

Field of science

  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/fisheries
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries
  • /social sciences/sociology/demography/mortality
  • /social sciences/political science/government systems/nongovernmental organization

Call for proposal

H2020-SFS-2014-2
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Spain
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 835 320,26

Participants (15)

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 438 750
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
HASKOLI ISLANDS
Iceland
EU contribution
€ 451 185
Address
Saemundargotu 2
101 Reykjavik
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
WWF EUROPEAN POLICY OFFICE
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 656 249,25
Address
123 Rue De Commerce
1000 Bruxelles
Activity type
Other
ILLES BALEARS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
. 7
07012 .
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
CENTRO DE CIENCIAS DO MAR DO ALGARVE
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 706 505,23
Address
Universidade Do Algarve
8005 032 Faro
Activity type
Research Organisations
HAVFORSKNINGSINSTITUTTET
Norway
EU contribution
€ 640 527,50
Address
Nordnesgaten 50
5817 Bergen
Activity type
Research Organisations
CONSORZIO PER IL CENTRO INTERUNIVERSITARIO DI BIOLOGIA MARINA ED ECOLOGIA APPLICATA G. BACCI
Italy
EU contribution
€ 412 500
Address
Viale Nazario Sauro 4
57128 Livorno
Activity type
Research Organisations
HELLENIC CENTRE FOR MARINE RESEARCH
Greece
EU contribution
€ 580 000
Address
Leoforos Athens Sounio 46 7Km
19013 Attikia Anavissos
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSIDAD DEL PAIS VASCO/ EUSKAL HERRIKO UNIBERTSITATEA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 175 625
Address
Barrio Sarriena S N
48940 Leioa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
NISEA SOCIETA COOPERATIVA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 250 000
Address
Via Irno 11
84135 Salerno
Activity type
Other
PROYECTOS BIOLOGICOS Y TECNICOS S.L.

Participation ended

Spain
EU contribution
€ 114 895,51
Address
Avenida Cardenal Herrera Oria 65
28034 Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITY OF YORK
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 312 500
Address
Heslington
YO10 5DD York North Yorkshire
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ISRAEL OCEANOGRAPHIC AND LIMNOLOGICAL RESEARCH LIMITED
Israel
EU contribution
€ 248 963
Address
Tel Shikmona
31080 Haifa
Activity type
Research Organisations
HELSINGIN YLIOPISTO
Finland
EU contribution
€ 81 008,75
Address
Yliopistonkatu 3
00014 Helsingin Yliopisto
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
FISHSPEKTRUM SL

Participation ended

Spain
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Plaza 2 De Mayo 4
28212 Navalagamella Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)