Vassiliki (Celia) Vassilopoulou

Vassiliki (Celia) Vassilopoulou

Research Director

Tel: +30-210-9856706
Fax: +30-210-9811713

Short CV

  • BSc in Biology, Faculty of Science, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (1981)
  • MSc in Biological Oceanography, Faculty of Science, National & Kapodistrian University of Athens (1985)
  • PhD in the Department of Biology, School of Natural Science, University of Patras (1998)

Since 2011, she holds a position as Research Director at the Institute of Marine Biological Resources and Inland Waters of the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research. Currently, she co-supervises a PhD thesis with the title: “Assessing the impact of fisheries on different marinographic areas by using ecosystem indicators”, taking place in Wageningen University, Netherlands.

Her research interests include: Fisheries management, Ecosystem approach to fisheries management, Fisheries By-catches/discards, Environmental impact of fisheries, Fisheries sustainability indicators, Marine Protected Areas, Fisheries biology and ecology.
Since 2002, she has participated in 5 national and international projects and coordinated 9 European Union (EU) projects.

Scientific Memberships in Associations:

  • International Commission for the Scientific Exploration of the Mediterranean Sea
  • (Member of the Committee on Marine Vertebrates and Cephalopods)
  • Fisheries Society of the British Isles
  • European Society of Ichthyologists
  • American Fisheries Society
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists
  • Geotechnical Chamber of Greece
  • Hellenic Oceanographers Association
  • Greek Zoological Society
  • Pan-Hellenic Union of Biologists

Scientific Memberships in Scientific Committees:

  • Marine Strategy Framework Directive Descriptor 3 Working Group (WKMSFD-D3 +), member of the working group, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 2011 International Workshop on Exploring the Role of MPAs in Reconciling Fisheries Management with Conservation, member of the working group, Bergen, Norway
  • 2011 Planning Group on Commercial Catch, Discards and Biological Sampling, ICES Advisory Committee on Fishery Management (PGCCDBS), member of the working group, Vienna, Austria
  • 2010, MariFish Workshop on Assessing and Managing Interaction between inshore fisheries and Natura 2000 sites in Europe, invited participation, Dublin, Ireland
  • 2010, MariFish Workshop on the use of Indicators in Fisheries Management, invited participation, Dublin, Ireland
  • Science dimensions of Ecosystem Approach to Management of Biotic Ocean Resources (SEAMBOR)
  • European Fish Ageing Network (EFAN)
  • Scientific Advisory Council IMBR, HCMR for the period 2003-4
  • Editorial Committee of Five Research Planning IMBR, NCMR for the period 2001-05
  • Scientific Advisory Council IMBR, NCMR for the period 1997-98

Professional Memberships

  • Full member, Committee conducting the NCMR bids, 2009.
  • Alternate member, Committee conducting the NCMR bids, 2008.
  • Regular member, Fisheries Council, Ministry of Agriculture, 2006-7
  • Alternate member, Council of Fisheries, Ministry of Agriculture, 2004-5
  • Full member, Committee conducting the NCMR bids, 2002
  • Alternate member, Committee conducting the competitions NCMR, 2001
  • Regular member, Fisheries Council, Ministry of Agriculture, 1998-99
  • Alternate member, Council of Fisheries, Ministry of Agriculture, 1996-97

She has contributed 43 papers in peer-reviewed journals, one book, 4 book chapters, as well as more than 85 other publications (i.e., conference proceedings, special publications, newspaper and magazine articles) and co-authored 22 technical reports.


  • Uhlmann SS, van Helmond A, Stefánsdóttir EK, Sigurðardóttir S, Haralabous J, Bellido J-M, Carbonell A, Catchpole T, Damalas D, Fauconnet L, Feekings J, Garcia T, Madsen N, Mallold S, Margeirsson S, Palialexis A, Readdy L, Valeiras J, Vassilopoulou V, Rochet M-J. Discarded fish in European waters: general patterns and contrasts. ICES Journal of Marine Science (in press)
  • Eliasen SQ, Papadopoulou K-N, Vassilopoulou V, Catchpole TL (2013) Socio-economic and institutional incentives influencing fishers’ behaviour in relation to fishing practices and discard. ICES Journal of Marine Science, doi: 10.1093/icesjms/fst120
  • Issaris Y, Katsanevakis S, Pantazi M, Vassilopoulou V, Panayotidis P, Kavadas S, Kokkali A, Salomidi M, Frantzis A, Panou A, Damalas D, Klaoudatos D, Sakellariou D, Drakopoulou V, Kyriakidou C, Maina I, Fric J, Smith C, GIakoumi S, Karris G (2012) Ecological mapping and data quality assessment for the needs of ecosystem-based marine spatial management: case study Greek Ionian Sea and the adjacent gulfs. Mediterranean Marine Science 13:297-311
  • Tsagarakis K, Vassilopoulou V, Kallianiotis A, Machias A (2012) Discards of the purse seine fishery targeting small pelagic fish in the eastern Mediterranean Sea. Scientia Marina 76:561-572
  • Katsanevakis S, Poursanidis D, Issaris Y, Panou A, Petza D, Vassilopoulou V, Chaldaiou I, Sini M (2011) “Protected” marine shelled molluscs: thriving in Greek seafood restaurants. Mediterranean Marine Science 12:429-438
  • Katsanevakis S, Stelzenmüller V, South A, Sørensen TK, Jones PJS, Kerr S, Badalamenti F, Anagnostou C, Breen P, Chust G, D’Anna G, Duijn M, Filatova T, Fiorentino F, Hulsman H, Johnson K,  Karageorgis AP, Kröncke I, Mirto S, Pipitone C, Portelli S, Qiu W, Reiss H, Sakellariou D, Salomidi M, van Hoof L, Vassilopoulou V, Vega Fernández T, Vöge S, Weber A, Zenetos A, ter Hofstede R (2011) Ecosystem-based marine spatial management: review of concepts, policies, tools, and critical issues. Ocean and Coastal Management 54:807-820
  • Katsanevakis S, Maravelias CD, Vassilopoulou C (2010) Otter trawls in Greece: Landing profiles and potential métiers. Mediterranean Marine Science 11:43-59
  • Katsanevakis S, Maravelias CD, Vassilopoulou V, Haralabous J (2010) Boat seines in Greece: Landings profiles and identification of potential métiers. Scientia Marina 74:65-76
  • Kallianiotis A, Papaconstantinou C (2008) Artificial Reefs, 299-305p. In: State of Hellenic Fisheries. Ed. Papaconstantinou C, Zenetos A, Vassilopoulou V, Tserpes G, HCMR Publ., 466pp., Athens
  • Zenetos A, Vassilopoulou V, Salomidi M, Poursanidis D (2007) Additions to the Marine Alien fauna of Greek Waters (2007 update). JMBA biodiversity records, 5928 on line
  • Machias A, Maiorano VP, Vassilopoulou V, Tursi A, Papaconstantinou C, Tsimenides N (2004) Discarding length of commercial trawl species in eastern Mediterranean. Fisheries Research66:213-222
  • Machias A, Paiorano P, Vassilopoulou V, Papaconstantinou C, Tursi A, Tsimenidis N (2004) Sizes of discarded commercial species in the eastern-central Mediterranean Sea. Fisheries Research 66:213-222
  • Machias A, Vassilopoulou  V, Vatsos D, Bekas P, Kallianiotis A, Papaconstantinou C, Tsimenides (2001) Bottom trawl discards in the N. E. Mediterranean Sea. Fisheries Research 53:181-195
  • Vassilopoulou V, Papaconstantinou C, Christides G (2001) Food segregation of sympatric M. barbatus and M. surmuletus in the Aegean sea. Israel Journal of Zoology 47:201-211
  • Vassilopoulou V (2000) Abundance and distribution of four-spotted megrim (L. boscii)  in the Aegean Sea. Belgian Journal of Zoology 130:83-88
  • Vassilopoulou V, Ondrias I (1999) Age and growth of the four-spotted megrim (Lepidorhombus boscii) in the eastern Mediterranean waters. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom 79:171-178
  • Vassilopoulou V, Papaconstantinou C, Karavellas D (1999) Survey of the trammel net catch off Zakynthos island. Contributions of the Zoogeography and Ecology of the Eastern Mediterranean Region 1:451-458
  • Georgakopoulou-Gregoriadou E, Vassilopoulou V, R. Psyllidou-Giouranovits (1998) Variations of organochlorine residues in an edible fish from the Northeastern Mediterranean Sea. Fresenius Evironmental Bulletin 7:362-367
  • Vassilopoulou V, Papaconstantinou C, Bekas P (1998) Diversity indices and multivariate analysis as a means of assesing the state of demersal fish assemblages in two areas of the Greek Seas. Italian Journal of Zoology 65:293-297
  • Papaconstantinou C, Petrakis G, Mytilineou C, Politou C-Y, Vassilopoulou V (1994) The fishfauna of the eastern coast of Greece. Biologia Gallo-Hellenica 22:363-374
  • Vassilopoulou V (1994) Orientation anomalies (reversal) of the four-spotted megrim (Lepidorhombus boscii) in the Aegean Sea. Journal of Fish Biology 45:165-166
  • Vassilopoulou V, Papaconstantinou C (1994) Age, growth and mortality of the spotted flounder (Citharus linguatula) in the Aegean Sea. Scientia Marina 58:261-267
  • Psyllidou-Giouranovits R, Georgakopoulos-Gregoriades E, Vassilopoulou V (1993) Monitoring of organochlorine residues in red mullet (Mullus barbatus) from Greek waters. Marine Pollution Bulletin 28:121-123
  • Vassilopoulou V, Georgakopoulos-Gregoriades E (1993) Factors influencing the uptake of PCBs and DDTs in red  mullet (Mullus barbatus) from Pagassitikos Gulf, Central Greece. Marine Pollution Bulletin 26:285-287
  • Vassilopoulou V, Papaconstantinou C (1993) Feeding habits of red mullet (Mullus barbatus) in an enclosed Gulf of W.Greece. Fisheries Research 16:69-83
  • Vassilopoulou V, Papaconstantinou C (1992) Age, growth and mortality of the red porgy, Pagrus pagrus in the Eastern Mediterranean (Dodecanese, Greece). Vie et Milieu 42:51-55
  • Papaconstantinou C, Petrakis G, Vassilopoulou V (1986) The fecundity of hake (Merluccius merluccius L.) and red pandora (Pagellus erythrinus L.) in the Greek seas. Acta Adriatica 27:85-95
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