Starting/ending date: 2009-2012
Financing: 114.560 €
European project
Dr C.G. Politou, Marine Biological Resources

Management and Monitoring of Deep-Sea Fisheries and stocks. DEEPFISHMAN will develop a range of strategy options for the management of exploitation of deepwater species of the NE Atlantic that will take account of these factors. Firstly, the aim will be to identify new and more effective assessment methods, reference points, control rules and management strategies to be used in the short term, making better use of available data.

Secondly, a reliable long-term framework will be developed for which additional data needs will be specified in order to fill current information gaps to achieve reliable long-term management requirements. This work will be developed by examining a range of case studies selected to reflect the diverse characteristics of the different types of deepwater fishery found in the NE Atlantic.
In addition two case studies outside the NE Atlantic are selected to give a wider perception of the management and monitoring of deepwater fisheries elsewhere in the world. A specific case study will examine historical catch data (from selected areas in the NE Atlantic) for changes in biodiversity and identify protocols for monitoring biodiversity in the deepwater ecosystem. For each case study current problems with assessment or management will be identified and new methods will be developed and tested.

Recommendations for future methods and approaches will be made. The socio-economic profile and projected impact of the management strategy options, as applied both through a short and long term framework, will be examined for selected fisheries. In this way the project outputs will aim to provide robust guidelines for deepwater fisheries management suitable for adoption within the Common Fisheries Policy. The work will involve and ICPC country.

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