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Myfish project results presented

EUROPEAN UNION
Tuesday, April 16, 2013, 23:50 (GMT + 9)

For a year, the National Institute of Aquatic Resources of the Technical University of Denmark (DTU-Aqua) has been working in the coordination of European Myfish project, whose main aim is the definition of operational frameworks for the implementation of the Maximum Sustainable Yield (MSY) concept in European waters.

This initiative is part of the EU Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) involving 31 project partners from 12 EU countries.

The second Myfish project meeting was hosted by DTU-Aqua in Charlottenlund Castle, Copenhagen, Denmark from 5-7 March. The aim of the meeting was to present the first year project results and to focus on the challenges to be addressed in the next three years of the project.

This meeting also highlighted the crucial role of stakeholders in the process of defining the objectives for fisheries management strategies. It was the first step toward the outline of an effective stakeholder engagement strategy.

According to the National Institute of Oceanography (IEO) from Spain, one of the project stakeholders, the definition of the operational frameworks should result in multi-species fisheries management plans for the project's five regional case study areas: Baltic Sea, North Sea, Western Waters, Widely Ranging Stock and Mediterranean Sea.

The environmental, economic and social constraints that are embedded within the different European and national policies are taken into account.

The meeting held in Denmark also outlined the potential form and content of the Decision Support Tables, which will become important tools for stakeholders and fishery managers in making the trade-off between different objectives.

Dr. Cathy Dichmont, pan-regional expert in fisheries modelling from the Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and member of the Myfish Scientific Advisory Board, found that “the Myfish project is developing ground-breaking tools using several case studies to bring ecosystem concepts into mainstream fisheries management.”

In order to optimise lessons learned from non-EU fishery governance experiences, the Myfish project is also investigating and reviewing non-EU case studies that illustrate various aspects of sound governance in achieving biological, social and economic objectives, IEO reported in a press release.

Myfish project is expected to:

  • Provide the definition of the appropriate measures to maximize the collaboration among fisheries scientists, economists, social scientists and stakeholders;
  • Contribute the conditions to be met in order to ensure sustainability by maintaining good environmental status (GES), avoiding economic and socially unacceptable situations;
  • Provide tools and measures to maximize relevant performance measures, taking into account variability, risk and sustainability;
  • Provide a framework for implementing MSY-based management in all European waters with a thorough assessment of the impact for a number of fisheries.

IEO provides the project with six researchers of the oceanographic centres in Baleares, A Coruña and Vigo, and participates in two case studies: one on the monkfish and hake fisheries of the Atlantic coast, and the other one on the Mediterranean mixed fisheries.

The first project meeting was held in Vigo (Spain).

By Analia Murias
[email protected]
www.fis.com


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