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Environmental approach to essential fish habitat designation

Environmental approach to essential fish habitat designation

Objective

During the last decade, the importance of identifying, designating and protecting Essential Fish Habitats (EFH) has been widely recognised. EFH mapping and designation applies to the spatial component of Fisheries Management, a component that has often been neglected in previously enforced fisheries policies. The new framework regulation on the European Communities Common Fisheries Policy requires the proper introduction of habitat identification and protection into developing new fishery policies. The EnviEFH project is based on the latest advances in EFH mapping and identification, which are characterized by a broad approach to EFH designation including all the physical, chemical and biological properties of marine areas and the associated sediment and biological assemblages that sustain fish populations throughout the various stages of their life cycle. Under the ecosystem approach to fisheries management, species life history information is introduced in an integrated EFH mapping effort including the mapping of ocean production processes, species spawning, nursery and feeding aggregations, over-exploited areas and alternative fishing grounds under the specialized development of a comprehensive EFH Designation Tool. The overall objective of the EnviEFH project is to facilitate the spatial component of fisheries management, which primarily includes the proper designation of Essential Fish Habitats and their protection through new fisheries policies.

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Coordinator

HELLENIC CENTRE FOR MARINE RESEARCH

Address

46,7 Km Athens-Sounio, Mavro Lithari
712 Anavissos, Attika

Greece

Administrative Contact

Vasilis VALAVANIS (Mr)

Participants (3)

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CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS

Spain

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE

France

THE UNIVERSITY COURT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ABERDEEN

United Kingdom

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 22466

  • Start date

    1 December 2005

  • End date

    29 February 2008

Funded under:

FP6-POLICIES

  • Overall budget:

    € 937 508

  • EU contribution

    € 535 873

Coordinated by:

HELLENIC CENTRE FOR MARINE RESEARCH

Greece