implementation

WP5: MPA effect on MSY

Co-ordinators: Marianna Giannoulaki (HCMR) & Giuseppe Scarcella (CNR)


Task 5.1: Determining technical and scientific indicators to evaluate the effect of MPAs network towards MSY objectives

Responsible: Giuseppe Scarcella (CNR)
Based on the input from WP4 (Planning a network of MPAs), Task 5.1 aim is to:
  • provide appropriate technical and scientific indicators and criteria to evaluate the biological, technical, economic and governance conditions which will ensure with high probability that the establishment of a coherent network of MPAs will have beneficial effects on the achievement of the MSY objectives for certain stocks and fisheries (Task 5.1).


Task 5.2: Short, medium and long term forecast of MSY

Responsibles: George Tserpes & Christos Maravelias (HCMR)

Based on the input from WP4 (Planning a network of MPAs), Task 5.2 aims are to:

  • Test the effects of coherent network(s) of protected areas on the populations of some major fish stocks and on their bio-economic effectiveness in terms of allowing fisheries to achieve the MSY objectives (Task 5.2).
  • Evaluate whether and how the establishment of no-take zones in either a representative sample or the whole of the protected areas would enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of the area-based management towards achieving MSY objectives (Task 5.2).
  • Evaluate whether and how the establishment of buffer zones (i.e. areas with limited fishing activities) around either a representative sample or the whole of the protected areas would reduce the fishing pressure on the borders (fishing-the-line) and enhance the spillover effects and protection of juveniles (Task 5.2).
  • Compare, with respect to the overall MSYs objective, the bio-economic effects of establishing an adequate network of MPAs as alternative to, or as complement of, other conservation and fisheries management measures (e.g. fishing effort and/or catch limits management and/or exploitation pattern improvements, etc.) (Task 5.2)
  • Evaluate the expected time-lag and varying spatial scales between the establishment of a fully integrated area-based management network and the appearance of possible positive effects, if any, on the different stocks and fisheries(Task 5.2).
  • Evaluate whether and how a system of dynamic MPAs (i.e real-time and/or seasonal fisheries closures) could complement the network of permanent marine protected areas and exert beneficial effects with regard to better exploitation patterns and short-term reductions of the fishing pressure towards the achievement of the MSY objectives (Task 5.2)understand whether and how the network of MPAs could contribute to limiting the fishing pressure on certain fish stocks (Task 5.2).
  • Identify and evaluate the bio-socio-economic factors driving fleets dynamics as a consequence of an enhanced area-based management and integrate them into the modelling/simulation structure to the greatest extent possible (Task 5.3)
  • Identify and evaluate potential costs in the establishment, maintenance, monitoring and governance of a network of marine protected areas designed to deliver or to contribute to delivering the MSY objectives of the CFP in addition to the nature conservation and protection of biodiversity objectives (Task 5.3)
  • Evaluate whether, and the extent to which, human activities other than professional and recreational fisheries may conceal or undermine the positive effects a network of marine protected areas may have on exploited biological resources and on fishing yields with respect to the MSY objectives (Task 5.3).

Sub-Task 5.2.1: Small pelagic species
Responsibles: Marianna Giannoulaki & Athanassios Machias (HCMR)

Sub-Task 5.2.2: Demersal species
Responsible: George Tserpes (HCMR)


Deliverables

Task 5.1: Determining technical and scientific indicators to evaluate the effect of MPAs network towards MSY objectives

D5.1: Identification of regionally relevant and acceptable technical and scientific indicators to evaluate the effect of MPAs network towards MSY objectives


Task 5.2: Short, medium and long term forecast of MSY

D5.2: Synthesis table and evaluation report of the different MPAs scenario output in terms of the established MSY reference points for small pelagic species
D5.3: Synthesis table and evaluation report of the different MPAs scenario output in terms of the established MSY reference points for demersal species

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PROTOMEDEA stands for "Towards the establishment of Marine Protected Area Networks in the Eastern Mediterranean"

The project will be running for 36 months, from December 2015 to November 2018

and the level of funding amounts to EUR 600.000.

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