SafeNet

SafeNet
Sustainable Fisheries in EU Mediterranean Waters through Network of MPAsSafeNet


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O V E R V I E WSafeNet

ABSTRACT
SafeNet action aims to identify coherent network(s) of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and other area-based fisheries management rules (e.g. temporary closures) whose emergent properties (namely the interactive effect of scaling-up MPAs) can help achieve fisheries maximum sustainable yield (MSY) and maximize over the long-term ecological and socio-economic benefits for the stakeholders in the north-western Mediterranean Sea (NWM). To meet this objective the partnership will apply the ecosystem-based approach to the management at both large scale and small scale fisheries in NWM. Project findings will be therefore key to achieve 1) good environmental status (GES; representing the main goal of Marine Strategy Framework Directive, MSFD) and 2) environmental, economic and social sustainability of fisheries (as dictated by Common Fisheries Policy, CFP). The project will be carried out addressing multiple sub-objectives with specific activities and tasks, at multiple spatial scales and combining existing information with new field data collected in a relevant number of case studies in order to perform both ecosystem-based and bio-economic modelling of a representative number of fisheries in the study area.

OBJECTIVES
1. to collate existing data about environmental, economic, social and institutional dimensions of fisheries in the NWM in order to provide a state of the art and identify information gaps, including all data relevant about MPAs and other area-based fisheries management rules;
2. to perform field samplings to fill gaps previously identified;
3. to develop food-web ecological models and indicators:
i. to assess the current impacts of different fishery management features (e.g. spatial regulations including formal MPAs, fleet-specific management, species-specific quotas) in the NWM, and
ii. to simulate the effects of potential alternative configurations of MPA networks;
4. to integrate ecosystem-wide information with economic information to build spatially explicit bio-economic models and assess the performances of different management options from a multi-criteria perspective by considering and integrating stakeholders’ perspective;
5. to synthesize project findings in order to provide (management and policy) guidelines and recommendations, and to disseminate information to key stakeholders through specific tools (e.g. leaflets, web pages) and events (e.g. workshops).

DURATION
mid-December 2015 - mid-December 2018 (36 months)

COORDINATION
Principal Investigator: Joachim Claudet (CNRS)
Project Manager: Rita Sahyoun (CNRS)

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WORK PACKAGES

WORK-PACKAGE 1 | COORDINATION
Responsible: Joachim Claudet (CNRS) and Rita Sahyoun (CNRS)

Activity 1A - Project and consortium management
Responsible: Joachim Claudet (CNRS)

Activity 1B - Financial, legal and administrative coordination
Responsible: Joachim Claudet (CNRS)

Activity 1C - Organization of periodic project meetings
Responsible: Joachim Claudet (CNRS)

WORK-PACKAGE 2 | STATE OF THE ART AND SYNTHESIS
Responsible: Paolo Sartor (CIBM)

Activity 2A - Critical review of data and information on fisheries and stocks
Responsible: Alessandro Ligas (CIBM)

Activity 2B - Distribution of fisheries and MPAs and critical information/review about the vessel monitoring system technologies currently in use
Responsible: Pierluigi Carbonara (COISPA)

Activity 2C - Recreational fishing and other human impacts affecting fisheries
Responsible: Josep Lloret (UdG)

Activity 2D - Emergent properties of MPA networks
Responsible: Joachim Claudet (CNRS)

WORK-PACKAGE 3 | FIELD DATA COLLECTION
Responsible: Paolo Guidetti (UNS)

Activity 3A - Marine assemblages field data collection
Responsible: Antonio Di Franco (UNS)

Activity 3B - Professional fisheries field data collection
Responsible: Paolo Guidetti (UNS)

Activity 3C - Recreational fisheries field data collection
Responsible: Josep Lloret (UdG)

WORK-PACKAGE 4 | SCENARIOS OF FISHERIES MANAGEMENT AND ECOSYSTEM SUSTAINABILITY USING MPA NETWORKS
Responsible: Marta Coll (EII)

Activity 4A – Quantification of main structural and functional features of Mediterranean ecosystems associated with network of management units
Responsible: Marta Coll (EII)

Activity 4B - Assessment of the sustainability of fisheries by means of management scenarios based on network of management units
Responsible: Marta Coll(EII)

WORK-PACKAGE 5 | BIO-ECONOMIC MODELS WITH SPATIAL COMPONENTS
Responsible: Paco Melià (POLIMI)

Activity 5A - Spatially explicit bio-economic models
Responsible: Paco Melià (POLIMI)

Activity 5B - Stakeholder engagement to collect data for multi-criteria analyses
Responsible: Marco Costantini (WWF)

Activity 5C - Multi-criteria analyses
Responsible: Paco Melià (POLIMI)

WORK-PACKAGE 6 | LESSONS LEARNT AND COMMUNICATION/VALORISATION
Responsible: Marco Costantini (WWF)

Activity 6A - Lessons learnt and synthesis/conclusions
Responsible: Paolo Guidetti (UNS)

Activity 6B Communication/valorization
Responsible: Marco Costantini (WWF)