- 4-million-euro agreement with the European Commission
- The guidance will focus on fisheries outside EU waters
- AZTI is leading this macro-project in which another seven European partners participate.
- The information gathered will also facilitate the implementation of management measures to enable sustainable exploitation of fishing resources.
- It will reinforce economic growth and food safety in coastal countries.
(Pasaia, 20 December 2016) AZTI is going to provide the European Commission scientific advice regarding fisheries outside the EU. The 4-million-euro framework contract agreement includes several projects over 48 months aimed at implementing conservation measures that enable sustainable management of fishing resources outside the EU and reinforce economic growth and food safety in coastal countries where fisheries operate. The consortium is led by AZTI with the participation of other seven European partners from Spain, Netherlands, France, Portugal and the UK.
The aim of the framework contract is to provide the European Commission the scientific advice they need in order to ensure the sustainable management of EU fisheries outside EU waters, which are managed by international fishery management organisation. The provision of scientific advice will especially focus on the External Dimension of the Common Fisheries Policy (excluding the Mediterranean Sea and the Black Sea). The advice and services required by the European Commission will support the implementation of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), especially the external policy, by applying the precautionary approach and focusing on safeguardin
g the entire ecosystem, and ensuring that the EU environmental laws (Marine Strategy Framework Directive) and the Integrated Maritime Policy are complied with.
The EUR 4M budget for the framework contract is funded by the EU via the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund.
Other organisations that are part of the consortium led by AZTI include Institut national supérieur des sciences agronomiques, agroalimentaires, horticoles et du paysage (AGROCAMPUS OUEST); Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS); Spanish Institute of Oceanography (IEO); Institute for Marine Resources & Ecosystem Studies (IMARES); Instituto Português do Mar e da Atmosfera, I.P. (IPMA); Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD); and MRAG Limited (MRAG).