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Marine Protected areas as a tool for ecosystem conservation and fisheries management

Objective

The aim of the PROTECT project is provide policy advice and develop methodologies to assess the potential of different Marine Protected Areas (MPA) regimes. MPAs will be assessed for their effectiveness to protect sensitive species, habitats and ecosystems from the adverse effects of fishing, to promote the enhancement of vulnerable species or ecosystems and to assist in the sustainable harvesting of economically valuable species. A number of European institutes propose to work together in three regional ca se studies and in common work packages on the methodology development, assessment and modelling of European MPA's PROTECT will define, assess and evaluate the parameters determining the success and failure of different regimes of protected areas based on r esource, ecosystem and socio-economic objectives. Because of the large variety of marine problems and conflicts that arise in European MPAs, a range of approaches will be studied. This project involves the application of a shared approach in a series of ca se studies in different European regional seas, ranging from 'no take zones' and marine reserves to protected areas, where different levels of fishing are accepted either on a seasonal or activity basis. These case studies will encompass: (1) a top-down co ntrolled ecosystems, (2) a 'wasp-waist' ecosystem and (3) a deep water coral ecosystem. In each of the case studies, the project will: - Evaluate the design of MPAs in terms of location, size, level of regulation of human activities, ecosystems characteris tics, temporal scale as well as monitoring, assessment and management structures. - Identify the potential fishery benefits in terms of protection of exploited populations and protection of essential habitats, including the benefits in adjacent areas. - In vestigate the socio-economic impacts of the MPA on local communities, user groups and impacts on the decision making process.#

Call for proposal

FP6-2003-SSP-3
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Funding Scheme

STIP - Specific Targeted Innovation Project

Coordinator

TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF DENMARK
Address
Jaegersborgvej 64-66
Kgs. Lyngby
Denmark

Participants (15)

FINNISH GAME AND FISHERIES RESEARCH INSTITUTE
Finland
Address
Pukinmaenaukio 4, P.o. Box 6
Helsinki
NATIONAL BOARD OF FISHERIES, SWEDEN
Sweden
Address
Ekelundsgatan 1
Gothenborg
LEIBNIZ INSTITUT FUR MEERESWISSENSCHAFTEN AN DER UNIVERSITAT KIEL
Germany
Address
Wischofstrasse 1-3
Kiel
UNIVERSITAT HAMBURG
Germany
Address
Edmund-siemers-allee 1
Hamburg
MORSKI INSTYTUT RYBACKI W GDYNI / SEA FISHERIES INSTITUTE IN GDYNIA
Poland
Address
Kollataja 1
345 Gdynia
DANISH RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF FOOD ECONOMICS
Denmark
Address
Rolighedsvej 25
Frederiksberg C
NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL
United Kingdom
Address
Polaris House, North Star Avenue
Swindon
THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL FOOD AND RURAL AFFAIRS ACTING THROUGH THE CENTRE FOR ENVIRONMENT FISHERIES AND AQUACULTURE SCIENCE.
United Kingdom
Address
Pakefield Road
Lowestoft
THE SCOTTISH MINISTERS, ACTING THROUGH FISHERIES RESEARCH SERVICES, MARINE LABORATORIES
United Kingdom
Address
375 Victoria Road
101 Aberdeen
NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND GALWAY
Ireland
Address
University Road
Galway
UNIVERSITY OF PORTSMOUTH HIGHER EDUCATION CORPORATION
United Kingdom
Address
University House, Winston Churchill Avenue
Portsmouth
INSTITUT FRANCAIS DE RECHERCHE POUR L'EXPLOITATION DE LA MER
France
Address
Rue Jean-jacques Rousseau, 155
Issy-les-moulineaux
WAGENINGEN IMARES
Netherlands
Address
Haringkade 1
1870 Ijmuiden
UNIVERSITY OF GOTHENBURG
Sweden
Address
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100 Goteborg
INSTITUTE OF MARINE RESEARCH
Norway
Address
Nordnesgaten 50
1870 Bergen