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Assessment of the interaction between corals, fish and fisheries, in order to develop monitoring and predictive modelling tools for ecosystem based management in the deep waters of Europe and beyond

Assessment of the interaction between corals, fish and fisheries, in order to develop monitoring and predictive modelling tools for ecosystem based management in the deep waters of Europe and beyond

Objective

In 2006, the UN General Assembly Resolution (61/105) called upon fisheries management organisations worldwide to: i) assess the impact of bottom fishing on vulnerable marine ecosystems, ii) identify/map vulnerable ecosystems through improved scientific research/data collection, and iii) close such areas to bottom fishing unless conservation and management measures were established to prevent their degradation. In European deep waters, in addition, there is now a need to establish monitoring tools to evaluate the effectiveness of closed areas for the conservation of biodiversity and fish and their impact on fisheries. Currently the tools necessary to achieve these management goals are wholly lacking. CoralFISH aims to support the implementation of an ecosystem-based management approach in the deep-sea by studying the interaction between cold-water coral habitat, fish and fisheries. CoralFISH brings together a unique consortium of deep-sea fisheries biologists, ecosystem researchers/modellers, economists and a fishing industry SME, who will collaborate to collect data from key European marine eco-regions. CoralFISH will: i) develop essential methodologies and indicators for baseline and subsequent monitoring of closed areas, ii) integrate fish into coral ecosystem models to better understand coral fish-carrying capacity, iii) evaluate the distribution of deepwater bottom fishing effort to identify areas of potential interaction and impact upon coral habitat, iv) use genetic fingerprinting to assess the potential erosion of genetic fitness of corals due to long-term exposure to fishing impacts, v) construct bio-economic models to assess management effects on corals and fisheries to provide policy options, and vi) produce as a key output, habitat suitability maps both regionally and for OSPAR Region V to identify areas likely to contain vulnerable habitat. The latter will provide the EU with the tools to address the issues raised by the UNGA resolution.
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Coordinator

NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND GALWAY

Address

University Road
H91 Galway

Ireland

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 600 323,21

Administrative Contact

Jacinta Thornton (Dr.)

Participants (17)

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HAVFORSKNINGSINSTITUTTET

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 779 665

HAFRANNSOKNASTOFNUNIN

Iceland

EU Contribution

€ 522 499,60

INSTITUT FRANCAIS DE RECHERCHE POUR L'EXPLOITATION DE LA MER

France

EU Contribution

€ 767 250

IMAR- INSTITUTO DO MAR

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 452 930,40

HELLENIC CENTRE FOR MARINE RESEARCH

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 288 300

CONSORZIO NAZIONALE INTERUNIVERSITARIO PER LE SCIENZE DEL MARE ASSOCIAZIONE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 362 600

KONINKLIJKE NEDERLANDSE AKADEMIE VAN WETENSCHAPPEN - KNAW

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 233 799,60

Zoological Society of London, Institute of Zoology

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 432 688,80

UNIVERSITETET I TROMSOE - NORGES ARKTISKE UNIVERSITET

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 291 450

THE UNIVERSITY COURT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ABERDEEN

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 466 489

STICHTING NIOZ, KONINKLIJK NEDERLANDS INSTITUUT VOOR ONDERZOEK DER ZEE

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 471 996

O'MALLEY FISHERIES

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 202 700

FRIEDRICH-ALEXANDER-UNIVERSITAET ERLANGEN NUERNBERG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 102 833,26

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK - NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, CORK

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 219 528

UNIVERSITAET BREMEN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 133 500

AARHUS UNIVERSITET

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 53 943

SENCKENBERG GESELLSCHAFT FUR NATURFORSCHUNG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 117 409,94

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 213144

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 June 2008

  • End date

    28 February 2013

Funded under:

FP7-ENVIRONMENT

  • Overall budget:

    € 10 885 692,50

  • EU contribution

    € 6 499 905,81

Coordinated by:

NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND GALWAY

Ireland

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