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Mitigating ADverse Ecological impacts of open ocean fisheries

Mitigating ADverse Ecological impacts of open ocean fisheries

Objective

A particular attention has been paid worldwide on longline fisheries as they catch considerable amount of by-catch (seabirds, turtles, sharks, etc.). Seabird and turtles by-catch mitigation methods have now been established in many fisheries worldwide, but similar efforts must be put to reduce by-catch of sharks. In the same ecosystems, another issue attracts the attention of international tuna commissions: the use of drifting fish aggregating devices (FADs). These FADs are responsible for major catches of juvenile tuna and non target pelagic species (sharks). Finally, the effects of thousands of FADs released regularly in the tropical oceans are unknown, and must be studied to estimate if they impact the biology of pelagic species. The European open ocean tropical and Mediterranean pelagic fishery (Spain, France, Portugal, Italy, Greece) is one of the main sources of catch, income and employment for the European fishery, with interactions with many developing countries. The main objective of the project is to develop measures to mitigate adverse impacts of fisheries targeting large pelagic fish in the open ocean: purse seiners using FADs and longliners. Two main categories of mitigation measures will be studied: spatial management issues (e.g. closure areas) and technical solutions to reduce by-catch in these fisheries. The main concept of MADE is to follow a multi-disciplinary and comparative approach, combining biological and technological studies with economical analyses in different sites (Indian and Atlantic oceans, Mediterranean Sea), with a particular effort to closely associate fishers from the beginning of this research. High-tech technology and novel approaches will be employed (electronic tagging, in situ and in vitro experiments, etc.), and a particular effort will be devoted to disseminate results to fishers, tuna commissions, EU DG Fisheries, and scientists.
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INSTITUT DE RECHERCHE POUR LE DEVELOPPEMENT

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Boulevard De Dunkerque 44 Cs 90009
13572 Marseille

France

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 775 238

Administrative Contact

Laurent Dagorn (Dr.)

Participants (12)

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SEYCHELLES FISHING AUTHORITY

Seychelles

EU Contribution

€ 50 250

UNIVERSITE LIBRE DE BRUXELLES

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 80 600

FUNDACION AZTI - AZTI FUNDAZIOA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 360 233

AQUASTUDIO

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 203 248

HELLENIC CENTRE FOR MARINE RESEARCH

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 184 000

UNIVERSIDADE FEDERAL RURAL DE PERNAMBUCO

Brazil

EU Contribution

€ 163 470

UNIVERSITE DE LA REUNION

France

EU Contribution

€ 187 050

INSTITUT FRANCAIS DE RECHERCHE POUR L'EXPLOITATION DE LA MER

France

EU Contribution

€ 196 203

UNIVERSITE MONTPELLIER 2 SCIENCES ET TECHNIQUES

France

EU Contribution

€ 223 500

FONDAZIONE ACQUARIO DI GENOVA ONLUS

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 83 720

IMAR- INSTITUTO DO MAR

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 345 168

PANEPISTIMIO PATRON

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 125 520

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 210496

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 May 2008

  • End date

    31 December 2012

Funded under:

FP7-KBBE

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 703 742,60

  • EU contribution

    € 2 978 200

Coordinated by:

INSTITUT DE RECHERCHE POUR LE DEVELOPPEMENT

France