WP6: Ecosystem modelling-Development of Ecopath models

Co-ordinators: Paraskevi Karachle (HCMR) & Athanassios Tsikliras (AUTh)

Ecosystem modelling integrates available information to study direct and indirect trophic interactions among ecosystem compartments, including fishing activities and the environment. It is therefore a useful tool for fisheries management (Christensen and Walters 2004). The broad use of the trophic modelling tool “Ecopath with Ecosim (EwE)” (Christensen and Walters 2004; Coll et al. 2009) has contributed to complement previous knowledge of the structure and functioning of marine ecosystems and has enabled the proposal of reference limits and exploitation indicators based on meta-analysis of models’ results (e.g., Christensen, 1995; Libralato et al., 2008). Ecopath mass-balance models will be developed for the study areas in the Aegean Sea. Survey biomass data, information on diets and fisheries related information acquired during the current project as well as from past surveys (e.g., DCF) and from the literature will be used to represent steady-state situations of the food webs in these areas.

The aim of WP6 is to:
  • Explore management strategies related to MPA establishment, level of enforcement and potential benefits.

Task 6.1: Setting up of Ecopath models in Aegean Sea

Responsibles: Athanassios Tsikliras (AUTh) & Konstantinos Tsagarakis (HCMR)

Task 6.2: Setting up of Ecopath models in Cyprus

Responsible: Niki Chartosia (UCY)


Task 6.1: Setting up of Ecopath models in Aegean Sea

D6.1: Ecopath model in the Aegean

Task 6.2: Setting up of Ecopath models in Cyprus

D6.2: Ecopath model in Cyprus

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About Us

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.