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Ecosystem Approach for Sustainable Aquaculture

Objective

We propose an ecosystem approach to the aquaculture sector. We will address this by 1) identifying plausible quantitative indicators of the effects of aquaculture on ecosystems through a process of expert working groups, workshops and meetings, 2) similarly, identifying indicators of the main drivers of ecosystem change affecting aquaculture, including natural and environmental pressures, 3) assessing both sets of indicators using existing datasets (the partners collectively have extensive data archives), considering each in the context of appropriate selection criteria, 4) developing a range of tools, particularly models, that encapsulate best process understanding at a wide range of scales, 5) testing these models and indicators in a wide variety of field locations across Europe (~10) encompassing major culture species and technologies, and covering a wide spectrum of environment types, selected according to criteria developed during the project, and 6) using this data to test and select the final "toolpack" of models and indicators, including appropriate decision support tools to guide users to effective implementation. National annual meetings with stakeholders will be held to allow 2-way interaction ensuring the practical relevance of the work and that the user community achieves ownership of the project's outputs. We will organise a final international conference and workshop where the "toolpack" of indicators and tools for effective environmental impact assessment and site selection will be demonstrated.

Call for proposal

FP6-2003-SSP-3
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Funding Scheme

STREP - Specific Targeted Research Project

Coordinator

SCOTTISH ASSOCIATION FOR MARINE SCIENCE
Address
Dunstaffnage Marine Laboratory
Oban
United Kingdom

Participants (15)

UNIVERSITY OF PORTSMOUTH HIGHER EDUCATION CORPORATION
United Kingdom
Address
University House, Winston Churchill Avenue
Portsmouth
NAPIER UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
Address
219 Colinton Road
Edinburgh
NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF BIOLOGY
Slovenia
Address
Vecna Pot 111
1541 Ljubljana
LEIBNIZ-INSTITUT FÜR MEERESWISSENSCHAFTEN
Germany
Address
Wischhofstr. 1-3
Kiel
AKVAPLAN-NIVA AS
Norway
Address
Polar Environmental Centre
Tromsoe
HAIFA UNIVERSITY
Israel
Address
Mount Carmel
Haifa
UNIVERSITY OF CRETE
Greece
Address
Knossou Av.
2208 Heraklion
PLYMOUTH MARINE LABORATORY
United Kingdom
Address
Prospect Place, The Hoe
Plymouth
INSTITUTO DO MAR
Portugal
Address
Universidade De Coimbra, A/c Departamento De Zoologia
Coimbra
CENTRAL INSTITUTE FOR MARINE RESEARCH
Italy
Address
Via Di Casalotti, 300
Roma
INSTITUT FRANÇAIS DE RECHERCHE POUR L'EXPLOITATION DE LA MER
France
Address
155, Rue Jean-jacques Rousseau
Issy-les-moulineaux
FUNDACIÓN AZTI - AZTI FUNDAZIOA
Spain
Address
Txatxarramendi Ugartea, Z/g
Sukarrieta
UNIVERSITÀ CA' FOSCARI DI VENEZIA
Italy
Address
Dorsoduro 3246
Venice
RUDJER BOSKOVIC INSTITUTE
Croatia
Address
Bijenicka 54
180 Zagreb
GÖTEBORGS UNIVERSITET
Sweden
Address

100 Göteborg