Work Packages

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Description of the work packages

WP1 – Project management and dissemination

Responsible: Fabio Grati ISMAR-CNR, Italy Objectives: • to coordinate internal and external ECOAST activities including the organisation of the Steering Committee meetings; • to synthesize and disseminate major project findings; • to organise an international workshop on practical experiences of spatial planning with fisheries and aquaculture. WP1 includes project coordination and administration, arranging meetings, budget...

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WP2 – Description of selected case studies in European Regional Seas. Mapping of productive marine areas and priority areas for fisheries and aquaculture

Responsible: Luca Bolognini ISMAR-CNR, Italy Objectives: • to collect maps and georeferenced ecological, social and economic data on aquaculture (e.g., farms’ production, chlorophyll and nutrient concentration, number of employees) fisheries (e.g., catches, fleet and gear characteristics) and other relevant activities carried out in the coastal areas, productive marine areas and priority areas for fisheries and...

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WP3 – Ecological footprint of fish farming in coastal areas: identification and response for improved management

Responsible: Thorleifur Agustsson IRIS, Norway Objectives: • to identify the knowledge needs concerning the ecological impact of the aquaculture at the selected case study sites in order to meet criteria set by regulators and policymakers; • to establish guidelines for operators to assess ecological impacts of operations and to suggest new diagnostic tools to improve...

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WP4. Identification of spatial synergies/conflicts between fisheries, aquaculture and other human activities and assessment of cumulative impacts of fisheries and aquaculture on coastal ecosystem components with special focus on priority conservation features

Responsible: Vassiliki Vassilopoulou HCMR, Greece Objectives: • to assess and map the cumulative impact of fisheries and aquaculture on coastal ecosystems including essential fish habitats and conservation priority habitats in seven case study areas; • to identify and map the spatial interactions among human activities visualizing arisen conflicts and synergies in seven case study areas....

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WP 5 – Analysis of fishermen’s behavior to spatial management options and assessment of the economic and ecological performance of alternative spatial plans

Responsible: Francois Bastardie DTU-Aqua, Denmark Objectives: • to develop an operational modelling framework to analyze fishermen’s behaviour and predict their likely responses to spatial management options; • to measure economic and ecological performance of alternative spatial plans by scenario evaluations including delineating locations and space limits that ensures certain levels of production to local fishers...

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WP6 – Identification of spatial and temporal potentials and limitations for the integration of fisheries, aquaculture and other activities in the coastal areas (through stakeholder consultation)

Responsible: Erik Olsen IMR, Norway Objectives: • through a stakeholder process identify spatial management goals for the project case studies; • apply state of the art stakeholder involved spatial use and trade-off analyses based on a natural capital approach, using open-source tools such as InVEST to identify optimal (best compromise) spatial area allocation; • develop...

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