Case studies

Case StudyEurope is surrounded by four sea regions: the Mediterranean, Black and Baltic Seas, and the North Atlantic Ocean which also includes the North Sea.

ECOAST’s objectives will be addressed to various extends in seven case studies where there are requirements for sustainable and profitable activities from multiple human activities, especially fisheries and aquaculture.

Case study 1: Adriatic Sea

Responsible: Michela Martinelli ISMAR-CNR, Italy The area chosen for the Adriatic Sea Case study is seat of several human activities. Small-scale fisheries using set gears, hydraulic dredge fisheries for baby clams, recreational fisheries and mussel farms are a part of these activities and they are often in conflict for space and resources. Small-scale fisheries are...

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Case study 2: Ionian Sea

Responsible: Celia Vassilopoulou HCMR, Greece The Greek Case Study is located between the western coasts of the central Greek peninsula and the Ionian Islands, namely the Inner Ionian Archipelagos and the outer part of the Patraikos gulf. It comprises a network of marine NATURA-2000 sites and includes the National Marine Park of Zakynthos (NMPZ). Enhanced...

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Case study 3: Black Sea

Responsible: Laura Alexandrov NIMRD, Romania The Black Sea is an Unicum hidrobiologicum because of its specificity and biodiversity. It is considered an internal brackish sea with 17‰ salinity under the Danube freshening, sedimentary and anthropogenic impact. Romanian coast has two main parts: one, in front of Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve, and the other, in the...

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Case study 4: Tyrrhenian Sea

Responsible: Maria Grazia Finoia ISPRA, Italy The case study is located in the Northern Tyrrhenian Sea with a focus on coast from Orbetello to Follonica Gulf area (Tuscany, Italy) where several human activities as shipping, industries, tourism, fisheries and aquaculture coexist. The selected area includes some important Natura 2000 sites (wetlands and dune systems) and...

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Case study 5: Baltic Sea

Responsible: Francois Bastardie DTU-Aqua, Denmark   The Baltic Sea’s southwest area is one of the most heavily used seas and divides itself among three exclusive economic zones (EEZ). Yet, the intensification of the human pressure in the area is ongoing from offshore wind farms development (offshore bank Kriegers Flak), intensification of traffic on commercial shipping...

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Case study 6: Norwegian Fjords

Responsible: Thorleifur Agustsson IRIS, Norway The case study in the North Sea will focus on the coastal region in Rogaland county. Currently there are there are two main Atlantic salmon farming companies operating in this area: Marine Harvest and Grieg Seafood. There has been growth in salmon production in Rogaland in recent years and it...

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Case study 7: NE Atlantic

Responsible: Lúcia Guilhermino ICBAS, Portugal The case study in the Atlantic will be the coastal area between the Minho river estuary (making the border Portugal-Spain) and the Ria de Aveiro (NW Portuguese coast). This area has several industries of great impact for the regional, national and the North Portugal- Galicia euroregion. Among these, several aquaculture...

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