CREAM: Coordinating research in support to application of EAF (Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries) and management advice in the Mediterranean and Black Seas

Email: iamz@iamz.ciheam.org

Funding: 1.2 million euros

Programme: FP7-KBBE - Specific Programme "Cooperation": Food, Agriculture and Biotechnology

Status: CLOSED

The Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries (EAF) involves the conservation of ecosystem structures, processes and interactions through sustainable use. European countries are committed to adapting an EAF. However, there are currently gaps in this approach that hamper its full implementation in the management of fisheries in the Mediterranean and Black Seas. The aim of the CREAM project, funded by the EU, was to identify these gaps in order to implement the EAF. The project successfully established an effective collaboration network among the key players in fisheries research and management within the two regions concerned. Main actors in fisheries assessment and management in the Mediterranean and Black Seas reviewed the short comings of data and methods applied and how to overcome them. They also examined how best to improve the coordination of the fisheries research of European and International Cooperation Partner Countries (ICPCs). CREAM evaluated the capacity to address EAF issues in the Mediterranean and Black Seas. In general, the highest scores were recorded for knowledge related to fishing fleet structure/behaviour as well as on fish species/habitats. The lowest scores were attributed to knowledge of modelling, and socioeconomic and management issues. The results provided a global picture at a wide geographical level, giving useful information that enabled the implementation of the EAS to be properly addressed. CREAM also organised a workshop titled Scientific strategy for a global approach to promote regional EAF in the Mediterranean and Black Seas. Its findings included the fact that the EAF's network vision should also promote the recovery of ecosystems and the rebuilding of marine commercial stocks and predatory fish species. Two international EAF training courses were held to train the scientists and advisors involved in fisheries assessment in the Mediterranean and Black Sea countries. Sustainable fishing has been a long-standing priority for the EU, so every step closer to achieving this will be welcomed by policymakers, industry and consumers alike. The CREAM project successfully established organisational procedures for the creation of a permanent network of fisheries scientists and management bodies. This strengthened the scientific basis of EAF application in Mediterranean and Black Sea fisheries. By integrating non-EU countries, it ensured that the foundation of an EAF for the two regions also reaches third countries.

Keywords: Ecosystem approach to fisheries, Mediterranean, Black Sea, fisheries, fishing

Communities

MARINA

Themes

Risk, vulnerability and resilience

Marine regions

Black Sea

Mediterranean Sea

Related issues

Fishing and aquaculture

Sectors

Fisheries

Education and Research

Societal challenges

Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine maritime and inland water research and bioeconomy

Climate action, environment, resource and efficiency and raw materials

Europe in a changing world - inclusive, innovative and reflective societies

Type of stakeholders involved

Scientists and Research Organization

Local Administrations and Municipalities

Policy Makers organization and Implementers

RRI Dimensions

Ethics

Gender equality

Governance

Open access

Public engagement

Science education

Name Family name Email Organization Country
Dunixi Gabiña iamz@iamz.ciheam.org Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Zaragoza / International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies Spain
Name Family name Email Organization Country
Dunixi Gabiña iamz@iamz.ciheam.org Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Zaragoza / International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies Spain
Eusebio Jiménez Arroyo Not available AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS Spain
Christos Maravelias Not available HELLENIC CENTRE FOR MARINE RESEARCH Greece
Paolo Sartor Not available CONSORZIO PER IL CENTRO INTERUNIVERSITARIO DI BIOLOGIA MARINA ED ECOLOGIA APPLICATA G. BACCI Italy
Mario Grippo Not available UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA LA SAPIENZA Italy
Marie-José Clement Not available INSTITUT FRANCAIS DE RECHERCHE POUR L'EXPLOITATION DE LA MER France
Ariel Crozon Not available INSTITUT DE RECHERCHE POUR LE DEVELOPPEMENT France
Jose María Bellido Not available INSTITUTO ESPANOL DE OCEANOGRAFIA Spain
Giuseppa Termine Not available CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE Italy
Said Taleb Not available INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE HALIEUTIQUE Morocco
Ridha Mrabet Not available Institut National des Sciences et Technologies de la Mer Tunisia
Adnan Tokaç Not available EGE UNIVERSITY Turkey
Lucia Anton Not available INSTITUTUL NATIONAL DE CERCETARE-DEZVOLTARE MARINA GRIGORE ANTIPA Romania
Marina Panayotova Not available INSTITUTE OF OCEANOLOGY - BULGARIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES Bulgaria
Oleg Lapshin Not available RUSSIAN FEDERAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF FISHERIES AND OCEANOGRAPHY Russia
Borys Trotsenko Not available SOUTHERN SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF MARINE FISHERIES AND OCEANOGRAPHY Ukraine
Abdel-Fattah El-Sayed Not available ALEXANDRIA UNIVERSITY Egypt
Josip Poljak Not available INSTITUT ZA OCEANOGRAFIJU I RIBARSTVO Croatia
Fadia Homeidan Not available American University of Beirut Lebanon
Andreina Fenech-Farrugia Not available Ministry of the Environment, Sustainable Development and Climate Change Malta
Loizos Loizides Not available MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE, RURAL DEVELOPMENT AND ENVIRONMENT OF CYPRUS Cyprus
Tsira Khukhunaishvili Not available WATER ECOLOGY AND FISHERIES RESEARCH INSTITUTE UNION Georgia

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Title Results
Link http://www.cream-fp7.eu/other_html/main_results.html
Description Current understandings in the framework of Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries in the Mediterranean and Black Seas: summary and critical analysis of the available information on the anthropogenic ecosystem impacts and resource assessment Comparative analysis of the management systems adopted in different countries/GSAs of the Mediterranean and Black Seas State of the art on data collection, background and list of potential indicators for an EAF in the Mediterranean and Black seas Overview of data available in support of an EAF in the Mediterranean and Black Seas, and evaluation of their quality Report on proposed indicators, models, methodologies and reference points for the EAF in the Mediterranean and Black Seas Summary report on scientific knowledge for the assessment and management of Mediterranean and Black Sea fisheries A scientific strategy to achieve EAF objectives for 2020 How to build an operational Scientific Network for implementing EAF in the Mediterranean and Black sea. Constitutional framework of the "EMBASEAS Network"
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Other type Report, review, strategy

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