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Resolving Climatic impacts on fish stocks

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 44133

  • Start date

    1 January 2007

  • End date

    31 December 2009

Funded under:

FP6-POLICIES

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 989 101

  • EU contribution

    € 1 700 000

Coordinated by:

STICHTING DIENST LANDBOUWKUNDIG ONDERZOEK

Netherlands

Objective

Climate change will impact fisheries resources and challenge managers to develop sustainable exploitation strategies. Knowledge on the impacts of climate on fisheries resources is still fragmentary. RECLAIM will summarize current knowledge, test process understanding, improve predictive capacity and formulate future research hypotheses by examining trophic processes, geographical distributions and essential habitat requirements for marine and shellfish in the NE-Atlantic. A conceptual framework will be developed to distinguish between processes acting on individual (physiology, behaviour), population (predation, competition) and ecosystem (physical habitat qualities, biological productivity, trophic coupling) levels. The framework structures a literature re view to detect gaps in knowledge and, where possible, distinguishes between climate and anthropogenic influences.

A comparative analysis follows quantifying climate variability and changes in distribution and productivity of:
(i) individual species,
(ii) selected fish and shellfish communities, and
(iii) ecosystem structure and functioning.

Target species represent different commercially important resources, ecosystem components (pelagics, demersals), and play key trophic roles (wasp-waist, apex predators) within NE-Atlantic ecosystems. Changes in ecosystem structure and functioning will be analysed from fisheries and scientific survey data including planktonic, benthic and fish production and consumption in relation to climate forcing and fishing. Relevant spatial and temporal scales of climate change and variability will be explored using time series analyses, spatial statistics and coupled 3-D hydrodynamic ecosystem models. Using a variety of approaches, RECLAIM will both hindcast as well as forecast the effects of climate change on the productivity and distribution of fish and shellfish stocks to formulate hypotheses and research needs to be addressed in future EU research.

Coordinator

STICHTING DIENST LANDBOUWKUNDIG ONDERZOEK

Address

Costerweg 50
9101 Wageningen

Netherlands

Participants (8)

SCOTTISH MINISTERS ACTING THROUGH FISHERIES RESEARCH SERVICES

United Kingdom

INSTITUT FRANCAIS DE RECHERCHE POUR L'EXPLOITATION DE LA MER

France

UNIVERSITY OF HAMBURG

Germany

DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET (TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF DENMARK)

Denmark

INSTITUTE OF MARINE RESEARCH

Norway

STICHTING KONINKLIJK NEDERLANDS INSTITUUT VOOR ONDERZOEK DER ZEE

Netherlands

UNIVERSITETET I BERGEN

Norway

THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR ENVIRONMENT FOOD AND RURAL AFFAIRS ACTING THROUGH THE CENTRE FOR ENVIRONMENT FISHERIES AND AQUACULTURE SCIENCE

United Kingdom

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 44133

  • Start date

    1 January 2007

  • End date

    31 December 2009

Funded under:

FP6-POLICIES

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 989 101

  • EU contribution

    € 1 700 000

Coordinated by:

STICHTING DIENST LANDBOUWKUNDIG ONDERZOEK

Netherlands