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MareFrame - Ecosystem-based Fisheries Management

Published: 25 February 2014

The new EC-funded research and technological development project MareFrame “Co-creating Ecosystem-based Fisheries Management Solutions“ was launched this year.

The main objective of MareFrame is to significantly increase the use of the ecosystem-based approach to fisheries management (EAFM) when providing advice relating to the management of European fish stocks. This will be achieved through the development of new tools and technologies, the development and extension of ecosystem models and assessment methods, and the development of a decision support framework that could highlight alternatives and consequences of management decisions. Integration of stakeholders in all the development phases, namely co-creation, will ensure stakeholders ownership and increase the chance of acceptance and uptake of the project outcomes.

The project will address important issues within the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) and the Habitats Directive (HD). MareFrame will contribute to the EAFM by developing options for supporting and maintaining a balanced marine community, incorporating socio-economic components. The project will also develop innovative visualization tools and learning simulations based on 3D gaming technology to communicate scientific results and management scenarios, and raise public awareness about the conservation of marine ecosystems.

MareFrame is a four-year project with a 28 partners consortium which includes established RTD organizations with expertise in fishery science, including ecosystem modelling, model testing and assessment expertise, economics and social science and experienced leadership from 13 countries (Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Poland, United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, Romania, Norway, Iceland, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand).

The Department of Aquatic Resources at SLU (the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences) will lead the Baltic case study.