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Incorporating the extrinsic drivers into fisheries management

Objective

Traditional single species fisheries management has failed. In part because the single species are part of a wider ecosystem and must be managed in that context. The IN EX FISH project aims to improve the responsiveness of European fisheries management to the anthropogenic and non-anthropogenic factors which affect exploited fish populations. A holistic, ecosystem approach will be used to assess the effects of a range of factors on the main functions of the biological cycle of exploited fish species and the ecosystem that supports them. A comprehensive synthesis of the effects of anthropogenic and non-anthropogenic factors on exploited fish populations will be produced and used for metadata analysis. The relative impact of each factor will be assessed and a ranking produced. The project will use four case studies to integrate this knowledge and develop management schemes. Metrics to measure the status of the environment and several exploited fish species in the North East Atlantic (comprising the North Sea regional advisory council (RAC) area, ICES area VIa and Icelandic Seas), the Baltic Sea RAC area, the West Iberian Sea (within the south-western waters RAC area), and the Mediterranean Sea RAC area will be produced. These will be used to develop a management regime for use in European fisheries management but is sensitive to the fluctuations in environmental quality and state. The IN EX FISH project recognises that humans are part of the marine ecosystem, and that some are dependent upon it for their livelihoods. The project will validate its management recommendations through consultation with stakeholder groups and incorporate their feedback into the project recommendations.

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Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF LIVERPOOL

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Senate House, Abercromby Square
Liverpool

United Kingdom

Participants (8)

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INSTITUTO NACIONAL DE RECURSOS BIOLOGICOS

Portugal

MARINE RESEARCH INSTITUTE (HAFRANNSOKNASTOFNUNIN)

Iceland

STICHTING DIENST LANDBOUWKUNDIG ONDERZOEK

Netherlands

HEINRICH HEINE UNIVERSITY

Germany

MORSKI INSTYTUT RYBACKI W GDYNI

Poland

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI BARI

Italy

STOCKHOLMS UNIVERSITET

Sweden

DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET (TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF DENMARK)

Denmark

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 22710

  • Start date

    1 January 2006

  • End date

    31 December 2008

Funded under:

FP6-POLICIES

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 823 150

  • EU contribution

    € 1 499 970

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITY OF LIVERPOOL

United Kingdom