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Managing fisheries to conserve groundfish and benthic invertebrate species diversity

Managing fisheries to conserve groundfish and benthic invertebrate species diversity

Objective

Fishing affects marine ecosystems beyond effects on just the target species. Populations of non-target species, and species diversity, have declined, contrary to the Rio Convention on Biological Diversity. The 1997 intermediate ministerial meeting determined that an ecosystem approach to management be developed, enabling marine ecosystems to be utilised in a manner consistent with sustainable development and the conservation of biological diversity.

This project aims to develop a management protocol which, when added to the present ICES fisheries management advice process, would allow managers to predict the consequences of management policy on species diversity. A theoretical model underpinning the management protocol will be developed, taking account of the actual ecological impact on fishing activity. The data required to use and test the ecological model, and apply the model within the management protocol will be collected.

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Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF WALES, SWANSEA

Address

Singleton Park
Swansea

United Kingdom

Administrative Contact

Phil GOUGH

Participants (5)

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INSTITUTE OF MARINE RESEARCH

Norway

NETHERLANDS INSTITUTE FOR FISHERIES RESEARCH

Netherlands

SENCKENBERGISCHE NATURFORSCHENDE GESELLSCHAFT

Germany

THE SCOTTISH MINISTERS, ACTING THROUGH FISHERIES RESEARCH SERVICES

United Kingdom

UNIVERSITEIT GENT

Belgium

Project information

Grant agreement ID: Q5RS-2002-00856

  • Start date

    1 January 2003

  • End date

    30 June 2006

Funded under:

FP5-LIFE QUALITY

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 172 459

  • EU contribution

    € 2 119 162

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITY OF WALES, SWANSEA

United Kingdom