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European Union Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 677039


Overall budget: €5,195,216
EU contribution: €5,000,000

About the Project:

The overall goal of ClimeFish is to help ensure that the increase in seafood production comes in areas and for species where there is a potential for sustainable growth, given the expected developments in climate, thus contributing to robust employment and sustainable development of rural and coastal communities.

The underlying biological models are based on single species distribution and production, as well as multispecies interactions. Forecasting models will provide production scenarios that will serve as input to socio-economic analysis where risks and opportunities are identified, and early warning methodologies are developed. Strategies to mitigate risk and utilise opportunities will be identified in co-creation with stakeholders, and will serve to strengthen the scientific advice, to improve long-term production planning and the policy-making process.

ClimeFish will address 3 production sectors through 16 case studies involving 25 species, and study the predicted effects of 3 pre-defined climate scenarios. For 7 of these cases ClimeFish will develop specific management plans (MPs) coherent with the ecosystem approach and based on a results-based scheme that will allow regulators, fishers and aquaculture operators to anticipate, prepare and adapt to climate change while minimising economic losses and social consequences. A guideline for how to make climate-enabled MPs will be produced, and published as a low-level, voluntary European standard after a consensus-based open consultation process. As a container for the models, scenarios and MPs ClimeFish will develop the ClimeFish Decision Support Framework (DSF) which also contains the ClimeFish Decision Support System (DSS); a software application with capabilities for what-if analysis and visualisation of scenarios. The presence of key international stakeholders in the project will ensure quality and relevance of the project outputs thus ensuring uptake and significant impact also after project end.

Project partners

  • Universitetet I Tromsoe - Norges Arktiske Universitet – Coordinator (NO);
  • Memorial University of Newfoundland (CA);
  • AVS Chile Sociedad Anonima (CL);
  • Biologicke centrum AV CR, v. v. i. (CZ);
  • International Council For The Exploration Of The Sea (DK);
  • Fédération Européenne Des Producteurs Aquacoles Association (FR);
  • Brandenburgische Technische Universitat Cottbus-Senftenberg (DE);
  • Hellenic Centre For Marine Research (EL);
  • Nemzeti Agrarkutatasi Es Innovacios Kozpont (HU);
  • The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (IT);
  • Universita Ca' Foscari Venezia (IT);
  • Havforskningsinstituttet (NO);
  • Centro Tecnologico Del Mar - Fundacion CETMAR (ES);
  • Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior Deinvestigaciones Cientificas (ES);
  • Stockholms Universitet (SE);
  • The University Court of The University of Aberdeen (UK);
  • The University of Stirling (UK);
  • Truong Dai Hoc Nha Trang (VN).