A new EC-funded research and technological development project was launched on 1 January 2014, called “Co-creating Ecosystem-based Fisheries Management Solutions“ (acronym: MareFrame).
The Project Coordinator and Administrative Manager of this €7.8 million project is Matís, a public commercial food research company from Iceland. The University of Iceland provides scientific management and will lead several tasks on modelling and comparing ecosystem models. The MareFrame consortium comprises 28 partners and 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 & New Zealand).
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 can highlight alternatives and consequences; all in close collaboration with key stakeholders in the co-creation processes.
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, using 3D gaming technology, and develop innovative learning simulations to communicate scientific results and management scenarios and raise public awareness about the conservation of marine biodiversity.
The kick-off meeting of the MareFrame project is held in Reykjavík, Iceland, 11 – 13 February, 2014.