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Effective use of ecosystem and biological knowledge in fisheries

Objective

The general aim of the ECOKNOWS project is to improve the use of biological knowledge in fisheries science and management. The lack of appropriate calculus methods and fear of statistical overparameterisation has limited biological reality in fisheries models. This reduces biological credibility perceived by many stakeholders. We solve this technical estimation problem by using up-to date methodology supporting more effective use of data. The models suggested will include important knowledge about biological processes and the applied statistical inference methods allow to integrate and update this knowledge in stock assessment. We will use the basic biological data (such as growth, maturity, fecundity, maximum age and recruitment data sets) to estimate general probabilistic dependencies in fish stock assessments. In particular, we will seek to improve the use of large existing biological and environmental databases, published papers and survey data sets provided by EU data collection regulations and stored by ICES and EU member countries. Bayesian inference will form the methodological backbone of the project and will enable realistic estimations of uncertainty. We develop a computational learning approach that builds on the extensive information present in FishBase (www.fishbase.org).The developed methodology will be of fundamental importance, especially for the implementation of the Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management. It has been a difficult challenge even for target species with long data series, and now the same challenge is given for new and poorly studied species. We will improve ways to find generic and understandable biological reference points, such as the required number of spawning times per fish, which also supports the management needs in the developing countries. ECOKNOWS applies decision analysis and bioeconomic methods to evaluate the validity and utility of improved information, helping to plan efficient EU data collection.

Field of science

  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/fisheries
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries

Call for proposal

FP7-KBBE-2009-3
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

HELSINGIN YLIOPISTO
Address
Yliopistonkatu 3
00014 Helsingin Yliopisto
Finland
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 013 726
Administrative Contact
Kirsi-Maaria Hoviniemi (Mrs.)

Participants (13)

RIISTA- JA KALATALOUDEN TUTKIMUSLAITOS
Finland
EU contribution
€ 451 582
Address
Viikinkaari 4
00790 Helsinki
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Atso Romakkaniemi (Dr.)
INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL FOR THE EXPLORATION OF THE SEA
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 91 576
Address
H C Andersens Boulevard 44-46
1553 Kobenhavn V
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Henrik Sparholt (Dr.)
FISHBASE INFORMATION & RESEARCH GROUP INC
Philippines
EU contribution
€ 216 184
Address
Irri G S Khush Hall College
4031 Los Banos Laguna
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Mary Ann Bimbao (Dr.)
ARISTOTELIO PANEPISTIMIO THESSALONIKIS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 153 750
Address
Kedea Building, Tritis Septemvriou, Aristotle Univ Campus
54636 Thessaloniki
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Konstantinos Stergiou (Prof.)
AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 225 075
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Carlos Manuel Abad Ruiz (Mr.)
MARINE INSTITUTE
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 119 637
Address
Rinville Oranmore
H91 R673 Galway
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Niall O'maoileidigh (Dr.)
IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 301 477
Address
South Kensington Campus Exhibition Road
SW7 2AZ London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Brooke Alasya (Ms.)
FISHERIES AND OCEANS CANADA
Canada
Address
East White Hills Road 80
A1C5X8 St John's Nf
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Gerald Chaput (Mr.)
the Swedish Board of Fisheries

Participation ended

Sweden
EU contribution
€ 10 861,07
Address
Box 423
SE-401 26 Göteborg
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Anna Gårdmark (Dr.)
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE POUR L'AGRICULTURE, L'ALIMENTATION ET L'ENVIRONNEMENT
France
EU contribution
€ 26 016
Address
Rue De L'universite 147
75338 Paris Cedex 07
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Etienne Prévost (Dr.)
INSTITUT SUPERIEUR DES SCIENCES AGRONOMIQUES, AGROALIMENTAIRES, HORTICOLES ET DU PAYSAGE
France
EU contribution
€ 103 863
Address
Rue De Saint Brieuc 65
35042 Rennes
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Etienne Rivot (Dr.)
INSTITUTO ESPANOL DE OCEANOGRAFIA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 145 812
Address
Corazon De Maria 8
28002 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Eduardo Balguerias (Dr.)
SVERIGES LANTBRUKSUNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 134 047,93
Address
Almas Alle 8
750 07 Uppsala
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ingrid Ragnarsdotter Jajke (Ms.)