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Forage Fish Interactions

Forage Fish Interactions

Objective

Removal of a forage fish has consequences for both predators and prey of forage fish. As everything is connected, every management action has a price which goes beyond the apparent, direct effect on the target species. The fishery on forage fish can therefore not be seen in isolation, as the immediate gain in profit from the fishery has to be discounted by the lowered potential for production of large piscivorous fish. Management actions on other species also influences forage fish, i.e. conservation efforts on marine mammals or sea birds have direct consequences for the predation pressure on forage fish. The objective of the project is to provide insight and quantitative advice on the ecosystem wide consequences of management actions directly or indirectly related to forage fish. The two overarching questions are: 1. What are the consequences of forage fish fisheries on (a) predator growth and abundance, (b) economic output of fisheries on piscivorous species, and (c) ecosystem stability and the risk for regime shifts? 2. What are the consequences of changes in predator populations on forage fish populations and fisheries? The methods is a combination of ecosystem models, of process studies aimed at feeding into the models, of economical models, and of data-analysis of existing data sources. The project covers four ecosystems in detail; Norwegian-Barents Sea, Baltic Sea, North Sea and Bay of Biscay. FACTS bring together leading European fisheries and university institutes working on creating the tools for ecosystem based management. The active involvement of the institutes in the current management provides a means for the results of the project to feed into management. The project furthermore includes a network component which ensures a wider dissemination of methods and results within the marine scientific community.

Coordinator

DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET

Address

Anker Engelundsvej 1 Bygning 101 A
2800 Kgs Lyngby

Denmark

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 550 925

Administrative Contact

Ole Henrik Haslund (Mr.)

Participants (14)

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THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR ENVIRONMENT, FOOD AND RURAL AFFAIRS

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 297 845

FUNDACION AZTI - AZTI FUNDAZIOA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 249 769

INSTITUT FRANCAIS DE RECHERCHE POUR L'EXPLOITATION DE LA MER

France

EU Contribution

€ 159 983

UNIVERSITAET HAMBURG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 297 994

HAVFORSKNINGSINSTITUTTET

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 248 004

SYDDANSK UNIVERSITET

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 158 647

CHRISTIAN-ALBRECHTS-UNIVERSITAET ZU KIEL

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 100 000

RIISTA- JA KALATALOUDEN TUTKIMUSLAITOS

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 72 533

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France

EU Contribution

€ 133 024

KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 90 000

INSTITUT FUER OSTSEEFORSCHUNG WARNEMUENDE AN DER UNIVERSITAET ROSTOCK

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 34 993

THE UNIVERSITY COURT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ST ANDREWS

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 195 213

INSTITUTO ESPANOL DE OCEANOGRAFIA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 49 800

STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 299 645

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 244966

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2010

  • End date

    31 December 2012

Funded under:

FP7-KBBE

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 883 966,26

  • EU contribution

    € 2 938 375

Coordinated by:

DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET

Denmark

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