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Coordinating Research in Support to Application of Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries and Management Advice in the Mediterranean and Black Seas

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FP7 (EU 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development)



About the Project:

The project aims to establish a collaboration network of the key stakeholders in Mediterranean and Black Sea fisheries research and management, in order to facilitate the full application of the Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries. The Consortium comprises research institutes with strong expertise in the field of fisheries research and assessment and offers a broad geographical coverage of the region. The project adopts a thorough approach, which encompasses multi-aspect activities: from stock-taking and data gathering, through needs assessment and coordination, to training and capacity building. The final goal is to strengthen the scientific basis for building a generic framework to implement EAF in the Mediterranean and Black Seas. The main contribution of the project is the establishment of a network to coordinate scientific research to make EAF operational.

The project had a strong training and capacity building component in order to help harmonize data collection and methodologies used in fisheries assessment and management in the Mediterranean and Black Sea. The project served to establish the guidelines for the application of the Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries in the Mediterranean and Black Sea, both in EU member states and third countries. The project was organized in 6 workpackages: i) Coordination, ii) Review of current knowledge in data collection and methodological practices in assessment and management, iii) Identification of data needs, quality, harmonization, methodologies and models for EAF, iv) Establishing coordination with the assessment and management international/regional bodies, v) Training and capacity building. Symposium. Dissemination component, vi) Strengthening the scientific basis of EAF application in Mediterranean and Black Sea fisheries.

CREAM approach

Project partners

  • Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Zaragoza, IAMZ-CIHEAM - Coordinator (ES)
  • Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, CSIC (ES). Scientific Coordinator
  • Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, HCMR (GR)
  • Consorzio per il Centro Interuniversitario di Biologia Marina ed Ecologia Applicata “G. Bacci”, CIBM (IT)
  • University of Rome “La Sapienza” (IT)
  • Institut Français de Recherche et Exploitation de la Mer, IFREMER (FR)
  • Institut de Recherche pour le Développement, IRD (FR)
  • Instituto Español de Oceanografía, IEO (ES)
  • National Research Council – Institute for Coastal Marine Environment, CNR-IAMC (IT)
  • Institut National de Recherche Halieutique, INRH (MA)
  • National Institute for Marine Sciences and Technologies, INSTM (TN)
  • Ege University Fisheries Faculty (TR)
  • National Institute for Marine Research and Development "Grigore Antipa“, NIMRD (RO)
  • Institute of Oceanology – Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, IO-BAS (BG)
  • Federal Research Institute of Fisheries and Oceanography, VNIRO (RU)
  • Southern Scientific Research Institute of Marine Fisheries and Oceanography, YugNIRO (UA)
  • Alexandria University (EG)
  • Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries, IOR (HR)
  • American University of Beirut (LB)
  • Ministry for Resources and Rural Affairs (MT)
  • Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment of Cyprus (CY)
  • Water Ecology and Fisheries Research Institute, WEFRI (GE)