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To investigate sustainable biological carrying capacities of key European coastal zones

Objective

This project deals with the characterisation of the carrying capacity of key European coastal zones for commercial production of bivalve shellfish. The research is designed to produce powerful tools, which would enable shellfish producers in the targeted are as to optimise production capacity, recruitment of young stock, and quality whilst reducing waste. The research consists of 5 inter-dependent TECHNICAL workpackages: Historical Data Collection: Objectives are the collection and storage of historical data that describe environmental parameters and processes at each culture environment (Loch Creran-UK, Eastern Scheldt - Netherlands and SE Waterford-Ireland), including the physiology and culture practise for each main shellfish species cultured in those environments.

Field Work: Objectives are to measure
(i) temporal and spatial variations in the environmental parameters that act as forcing functions driving our simulations of shellfish growth and ecosystem processes (e.g. food availability, light, temperature)
(ii) physiological responses required to parameterise the generic physiological model for each shellfish species, and
(iii) natural shellfish growth and ecosystem variables (e.g. chlorophyll) that will be used to calibrate and validate the models Ecosystem scale modelling: Objectives are to describe and predict carrying capacity, using ecological modelling.

Ecosystem models with variable spatial resolution will be used, in order to combine hydrodynamics, biogeochemistry and shellfish population dynamics for multi-year simulation. The specific objectives, for each culture environment (Loch Creran UK, Waterford estuary Ireland, Eastern Scheldt Netherlands), are:
(a) To integrate external forcing from watershed and coast in ecosystem scale models;
(b) To simulate the major internal processes responsible for energy flow; and
(c) To describe and predict growth for relevant cultivated species; at resolutions that are adequate for fisheries and resource management

Call for proposal

FP6-2002-SME-1
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Funding Scheme

Cooperative - SMEs-Co-operative research contracts

Coordinator

NORTH BAY SHELLFISH LTD
Address
Horries Deerness
Orkney
United Kingdom

Participants (13)

AART CORNELISSE
Netherlands
Address
Groeninx Van Zoelenstrt 7
Yerseke
ASSOCIATION OF SCOTTISH SHELLFISH GROWERS
United Kingdom
Address
Simmers & Co., Albany Chambers, Albany Street
Oban, Argyll, Scotland
CLEW BAY MARINE FORUM LTD
Ireland
Address
Knockbreaga
Newport, Co. Mayo
COOPERATIEVE PRODUCENTEN ORGANISATIE NEDERLANDSE OESTERCULTUUR
Netherlands
Address
Damstrt 23
Yerseke
COOPERATIEVE PRODUCENTEN ORGANISATIE VOOR DE NEDERLANDSE MOSSELCULTUUR
Netherlands
Address
Dregweg 2
Yerseke
JOHN COLEMAN T/A LA TENE MAPS
Ireland
Address
Pharmacy House, Sandyford
Dublin
LNSTITUTE DO MAR
Portugal
Address
A/c Departamento De Zoologia, Fct/universidade De Coimbra
Coimbra
PLYMOUTH MARINE LABORATORY
United Kingdom
Address
Prospect Place, The Hoe
Plymouth
SCOTTISH ASSOCIATION FOR MARINE SCIENCE
United Kingdom
Address
Dunstaffnage Marine Laboratory
Oban, Scotland
SOUTH EAST SHELLFISH CO-OPERATIVE LTD
Ireland
Address
C/o John Baldwin, Dobbyn Street
Passage East, Co Waterford
STICHTING WATERLOOPKUNDIG LABORATORIUM
Netherlands
Address
Rotterdamsesweg 185
Delft
THE CALEDONIAN OYSTER COMPANY LTD
United Kingdom
Address
Simmers & Co., Albany Chambers, Albany Street
Oban, Scotland
WAGENINGEN IMARES
Netherlands
Address
Haringkade 1
Ijmuiden