Team

The people at AZTI are our main asset to achieve the goals that we have set. AZTI is committed to the people in the organisation and in the growth of its human team, which is a reflection of its strength. A human team of over 240 professionals makes possible the growth of the organisation.

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Marga Andrés
Researcher AZTI - Sustainable Fisheries ManagementIntegrated Assessment of Living Resources, Human Activities and Marine Spatial Planning, Aquaculture, Sustainable Fishing Technologies, Ecosystem Approach to Management.

Margarita Andrés
Background: Bachelor in Economics by the University of Basque Country (Spain) in 2004, with a master on “Applied statistics and statistics for the Public Sector” by the University of Alcalá (Spain) in 2005. She worked in Santander Bank as a Junior Researcher in 2005 and 2006 studying the microeconomic of some areas of Spain; in 2006 she worked in Tragsatec studying and analysing the State aid granted under Commission Regulation to the Spanish fishery sector at the Spanish Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.

Competencies:
Socio-economic fisheries; Bioeconomic models; Aquaculture.

Experience in AZTI: She has been worked in several EU funded fisheries projects and tenders Forage fish Interactions (FACTs) , Socio Economic Effects of Management Measures of the future CFP (SOCIEC), Assessment of overcapacity in EU fisheries (Mare/2009/03 Lot 1). She is also invited to the STECF expert working group related to the anchovy stock management and fleet behavior. She is involved in several projects related to the aquaculture economics. She is also a part of the team of FLBEIA (http://flbeia.azti.es/)..

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Martín Aranda
Senior Researcher AZTI - Sustainable Fisheries ManagementIntegrated Assessment of Living Resources, Observation and Data, Ecosystem Approach to Management, Human Activities and Marine Spatial Planning.

Martin Aranda holds a Master in Sciences (MSc) degree in fisheries management from the University of Tromso in Norway. He attended the international postgraduate course in Fisheries Governance at the University of Wageningen in the Netherlands. He has contributed to EU funded fisheries projects such as EFIMAS, CEVIS, TXOTX, MESMA, SOCIOEC and consultancies for EU institutions. Martin Aranda is also interested in marine governance, especially in the relation between new uses of the sea and fisheries. He has contributed to 12 scientific publications in journals and books and participated in ICES working groups on fisheries management. Martin Aranda is also engaged in the provision of technical advice in fisheries matters to developing nations.

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Igor Arregui
Senior Researcher AZTI - Sustainable Fisheries ManagementObservation and Data, Marine Ecosystems Functioning, Integrated Assessment of Living Resources, Conservation of Marine Ecosystems, Operational Oceanography.

Marine Research Division in AZTI senior researcher leading projects on temperate tuna (electronic and conventional) tagging and collaborating in tuna direct assessment methods.
Main research areas related to tuna stocks and tagging: sonic tracking, internal archival tagging, and pop-up tagging projects, with the objective of a better knowledge of horizontal and vertical distribution of bluefin and albacore tunas in the Northeast Atlantic. Conventional tagging projects include data management, experimental design for stock migration estimates, analyses of recovery rates in relation with electronic and conventional tagging procedures. He is also expert in bluefin and albacore ecology from small scale behavior to population dynamic modeling including environmental interactions, direct stock abundance evaluation research method applied to pelagic species. Other research are trophic ecology modeling and mesoescale physical oceanography.

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Haritz Arrizabalaga
Principal Researcher AZTI - Sustainable Fisheries ManagementIntegrated Assessment of Living Resources, Marine Ecosystems Functioning, Molecular Ecology and Biotechnology, Observation and Data, Climate Change.

PhD in Marine Science (Univ. Vigo, 2003).
Researcher at AZTI since 1999.
Main research topics: tuna stock structure, migrations, environmental influence on population dynamics, foraging ecology, stock assessment and management.
Coordinator of competitive national and international projects with large multicultural consortiums. Participant in more than 30 national and international research projects and contracts.
Active member of the ICCAT Scientific Committee, chair of the Sub-Committee on Ecosystems (2006-2010) and of the Albacore Working Group (since 2007). Member of the IOTC Scientific Committee (2000-2002). Member of the International Pole and Line Foundation STAC and the SSC of IMBER-CLIOTOP (Climate Impacts of Oceanic Top Predators).
Coauthor of more than 30 peer reviewed papers, coeditor of one book, guest editor of a Deep Sea Research II special issue, and coautor of more than 50 working. Referee of papers and competitive research proposals.

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Iñaki Artetxe
Principal Researcher AZTI - Sustainable Fisheries ManagementObservation and data.

Education and laboral career: Bachelor in Science (Ecosistems Biology 1982), Master in Science, (1984), Incorpotated to AZTI in 1987, since 1997 senior Researcher. Sincé 2000 Monitoring, Data bases and GIS System Unit Head, Head of Research Projects

Expertise: Fisheries monitoring, sampling, statistical studies, biological analyses.

Participant in the main sampling related projects in UE (SAMFISH, FIEFA and others).
Responsible in Basque Country for Spanish Fisheries National Program Basic Data
Responsible of AZTI teams of Observers at Sea and Samplers
Member of many Working Groups related with sampling and sampling coordination (Planning Group on comercial, Discard and Biological Data, Regional Coordination Meeting North East Atlantic, Regional Coordination Meeting Long Distance Species, etc.).
Participant in Tropical Tuna Groups of ICCAT and IOTC

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Iraide Artetxe
PhD Student AZTI - Sustainable Fisheries ManagementObservation and Data, Integrated Assessment of Living Resources, Ecosystem Approach to Management.

-Bachelor in Biology, UPV/EHU, 2014
-MSc Erasmus Mundus Marine Environment and Resources, National Oceanographic Centre (University of Southampton), Plentzia Marine Station (UPV/EHU), Faculté des Sciences, (Universitè de Liège), 2016

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Mikel Basterretxea
Researcher AZTI - Sustainable Fisheries ManagementMarine Ecosystems Functioning, Observation and Data, Sustainable Fishing Technologies, Ecosystem Approach to Management.

Marine Biologist graduated in the USC (Universidad de Santiago de Compostela), I obtained the European Master of science in Marine Environment and Resources after 6 months of studies in the University of Southampton and another 6 months in Universite Bordeaux 1.
Working in AZTI since 2008 as fisheries observer, I have an extensive experience in sampling onboard fishing boats, as much as in scientific-oceanografphic campains offshore and litoral-coast samling.

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Guillermo Boyra
Senior Researcher AZTI - Sustainable Fisheries ManagementIntegrated Assessment of Living Resources, Ecosystem Approach to Management, Observation and Data, Sustainable Fishing Technologies.

Guillermo Boyra is a specialist in trawl acoustic surveys. He is conducting his Ph.D. on experimental acoustic techniques for fisheries abundance estimation. Since 2003 he leads a regional program (JUVENA) of annual acoustic surveys for the assessment of anchovy juveniles in the Bay of Biscay. In recent years he has participated in several acoustic surveys focused in pelagic species estimation and acoustic selectivity of tuna around FADs. He has experience in comparing shipborne acoustic (sonar and echosounder) with airborne lidar technologies and methods for fish abundance estimation. Other fields of research he is currently developing are, TS analyses, multifrequency acoustics, vessel noise measurement and analysis and automated pattern recognition. He is member of ICES/CIEM Fisheries Acoustic Science and Technology working group since year 2000.

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Estibaliz Díaz
Senior Researcher AZTI - Sustainable Fisheries ManagementIntegrated Assessment of Living Resources, Ecosystem Approach to Management, Observation and Data.

PhD in Biology. Fish Biology, eel population dynamics, Assessment and Management and Fisheries & Ecosystems. She has been involved in several EU projects dealing with management plans such as CEVIS and COBECOS. Also she has worked with the artisanal fleet and the affection of different sea uses in fishery. She is is the Spanish representative in the ICES Working Group on Eels and has participated int Scientific Review Groups of STECF and CITES. She has participated in many eel related projects: INDICANG (INTERREG IIIB), RECANG (Development of scientific techniques to the implementation of management plans in the European basins), and POSE ( Pilot projects to estimate potential and actual escapement of silver eel) and TRASANG (Translocaci

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Guzmán Díez
Principal Researcher AZTI - Sustainable Fisheries ManagementIntegrated Assessment of Living Resources, Ecosystem Approach to Management, Observation and Data.

PhD in Sciences (Biology).
Background and research field interest:
Fishery management, cell biology, marine ecotoxicology, fish biology, parasitology, fishing technology, biomimetic, acoustics, genetics and biotechnology,
Participant in more than 60 projects funded by the European Commission, National and Local Institutions. Member of the ICES/CIEM Working Groups on Elasmobranch Fishes (WGEF) and of the Biology and Assessment of Deep-water Fisheries Resources (WGDEEP). Author of 16 peer reviewed papers, and contributed over 30 Technical Documents and revisor in several international journals.

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Jose Antonio Fernandes Salvador
Senior Researcher AZTI - Sustainable Fisheries ManagementClimate Change, Ecosystem Approach to Management, Human Activities and Marine Spatial Planning, Aquaculture, Operational Oceanography.

I am a data scientist from computing and artificial intelligence studies with the skills and experience needed to translate the data into valuable information for marine research, policy and industrial applications. These skills are curiosity, economic knowledge, knowing how to find information, have an understanding of statistics and machine learning, and finally have multidisciplinary communicative skills.

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Igaratza Fraile
Researcher AZTI - Sustainable Fisheries ManagementIntegrated Assessment of Living Resources, Marine Ecosystems Functioning, Observation and Data.

Education
- Graduated in Marine Sciences, University of Las Palmas de G.C. (Spain), 2003
- PhD in Natural Sciences, University of Bremen (Germany), 2008

Research interest
- Population structure of tuna species
- Geochemical tracers in fish otoliths
- Migration pathways of tuna species
- Ecosystem modelling

My research focuses on studying population structure of temperate and tropical tuna, with special emphasis on otolith chemistry being use as tracer to identify origin (e.g. nursery habitats) and potential movements of marine fish. Recent work also involves the use of electronic tags to investigate movement and population connectivity of large pelagic fishes.

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Dorleta García
Senior Researcher AZTI - Sustainable Fisheries ManagementIntegrated Assessment of Living Resources, Ecosystem Approach to Management, Observation and Data.
  • Background: Mathematics and Statistics
  • Generalist Competence: Sustainable fisheries management
  • Specialist competence: Management Strategy Evaluation, Bio-Economic modeling, Stock Assessment, statistical data analysis.
  • She works mainly in bio-economic modelling of fisheries systems and stock assessment. At present she coordinates the stock assessment of Northern stock of European Hake in ICES. She has a long experience in the development of bio-economic evaluation of management strategies. She is the principal developer of the FLBEIA software, a simulation model to carry out bio-economic impact assessment of fisheries management strategies.

    In AZTI se has participated in several European projects related with management plans and their evaluation (COBECOS, COMMIT, EFIMAS, CEVIS, UNCOVER, AFRAME, DEEPFISHMAN). In DEEPFISHMAN she leaded the development of the evaluation of management strategies in several international case studies. Recently, she coordinated a case study in the European Project Myfish which objective was to manage fisheries in the framework of MSY taking into account ecologic, economic and social dimensions. At present, she coordinates a case study in European DrumFish proyect. The objective of this project is to develop a methodology for the assessment and management of data-poor stocks in a mixed-fisheries framework. She also works giving general statistical support in different projects. In 2007 she participated in COST project where several R packages related with data standardization, analysis and visualization were built. In this project, she built the simulation library which allows assessing the goodness of fit of different extrapolation methods.

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    Nicolás Goñi
    Senior Researcher AZTI - Sustainable Fisheries ManagementIntegrated Assessment of Living Resources, Ecosystem Approach to Management, Operational Oceanography, Observation and Data, Sustainable Fishing Technologies.

    He completed his PhD on albacore habitat and feeding ecology in 2008 and started working in AZTI in January 2009 in the tuna resource management team, participating in or coordinating several European and international projects, among which Forage fish interactions (FACTS), Basin-scale Analysis and Integration (Euro-BASIN), acoustic surveys directed to bluefin tuna abundance estimation in the Bay of Biscay (Zuzenatun, BFTindex) and tagging surveys in the Bay of Biscay and Mediterranean Sea in the framework of the Atlantic-wide research program for bluefin tuna (GBYP Tagging Phase 3, GBYP Tagging Phase 4 Objective A).

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    Maitane Grande
    Researcher AZTI- Sustainable Fisheries ManagementConservation of marine ecosystems, Sustainable fishing technologies

    Marine researcher specialized in tuna reproductive biology and trophic ecology. Nowadays, I am working in actions in cooperation between the science and the fishing sector in line with RFMOs guidelines to improve fishing practices on board, reducing the by-catch of sensible species, contributing to biological data collection to the increase of scientific knowledge for the science-based assessment and sustainable management of tropical tuna stocks

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    Leire Ibaibarriaga
    Senior Researcher AZTI - Sustainable Fisheries ManagementIntegrated Assessment of Living Resources, Ecosystem Approach to Management.

    Background: Mathematics and Statistics

    Education: BSc in Mathematics, MSci in Statistics and PhD in Statistics

    Competencies: Fish population dynamics models (especially Bayesian state space models), management strategy evaluation, daily egg production method and statistical modelling of biological processes.

    Experience: Working at AZTI since 2000, she has participated to several EU projects related to the assessment and management advice of small pelagic stocks. Member of several international expert groups at ICES, she has contributed to more than 20 scientific papers in peer review journals.

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    Ane Iriondo
    Senior Researcher AZTI - Sustainable Fisheries ManagementIntegrated Assessment of Living Resources, Observation and Data, Ecosystem Approach to Management.

    Ane Iriondo is Bachelor in Ocean Sciences. She obtained the Certificate of Advance Studies related with PhD Courses in the Science Faculty of the University of Basque Country (Spain). She has worked in EU funded fisheries projects (AFRAME, TECTAC, COMMIT, CEPHSTOCK). She has also contributed to several scientific publications in journals and books. She is part of ICES working groups related to stock assessment like WGCEPH (Working Group on the Cephalopod Life History and Biology) and WGHMM (Working Group on the Assessment of Hake, Monk and Megrim). Besides, she is yearly invited to the STECF expert working groups related to the review of stock management advice and European fleet capacity analysis. During the last years, she has been involved in fleet and fisheries dynamics, stock assessment and the study of the fishing capacity of European fleets. Research topics: fleet and fisheries dynamics, fishing capacity, stock assessment.

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    Maria Korta
    Researcher AZTI - Sustainable Fisheries ManagementObservation and Data, Integrated Assessment of Living Resources.

    Graduate in Marine Biology and Environmental Sciences by University of La Laguna and Autónoma University of Madrid respectively. PhD delivered in University of Basque Country on methodologies for estimating the reproductive potential of European hake. Currently a researcher at AZTI participating in various international and national projects. Extensive knowledgment on reproductive biology of fishes and experience on lab techniques related to reproduction. Also experience on board several ocean surveys. Several papers published in scientific peer-review international journals. Referee in several international scientific journals. Participating as teacher in European master of Environment and marine resources sciences.

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    Patricia Lastra
    Senior Researcher AZTI - Sustainable Fisheries ManagementMarine Ecosystems Functioning, Integrated Assessment of Living Resources, Assessment of the Marine Environment Health Status, Observation and Data, Conservation of Marine Ecosystems.

    I am a Marine biologist and fisheries researcher. the long-term interest of my research focuses on the life history, ecology and conservation of marine top predators from marine mammals to large pelagic fishes such as tuna and tuna like species. I am particularly motivated to examine key life history parameters (i.e. age, growth rates, and maturity) required for age-structure population models and to investigate the population dynamics-level responses to either biotic and abiotic factors that influence animal growth, condition, and survival.

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    Nerea Lezama
    Researcher AZTI - Sustainable Fisheries ManagementClimate Change, Observation and Data, Ecosystem Approach to Management, Conservation of Marine Ecosystems.

    PhD in Fisheries and Conservation. Working on tropical tuna fisheries and concretely, on the conservation and management of bycatch species since 2010 in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans. Studies of the effect of the climate change on the habitat distribution of some vulnerable bycatch species, such as sharks and manta ray species.

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    Gorka Merino
    Senior Researcher AZTI - Sustainable Fisheries ManagementIntegrated Assessment of Living Resources, Ecosystem Approach to Management.

    My research focusses on the impact of environmental and socioeconomic factors on marine fisheries. My career has spanned from investigating fishermen

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    Lorenzo Motos
    Researcher AZTI - Sustainable Fisheries ManagementIntegrated Assessment of Living Resources, Ecosystem Approach to Management, Observation and Data, Sustainable Fishing Technologies.

    BSc in Biological Sciences from the University of Santiago de Compostela. PhD form the University of the Basque Country. He’s working at AZTI since its inception in 1981. Director of Research and Innovation of the Marine Research Division of AZTI Foundation. He’s in charge of research, technology and innovation strategic planning at AZTI and the relationships with public programming bodies at the regional, national and European level since 2000, including the alignment with the blue growth strategy in more recent times, with special incidence in the development of public-private business initiatives in the marine, blue growth domain. His academic background includes a PhD in living marine resources evaluation methods, and a long experience in scientific advice for fisheries management to managers at local, European and International level. Author of more tan 90 scientific papers.

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    Estanis Mugerza
    Researcher AZTI - Sustainable Fisheries ManagementIntegrated Assessment of Living Resources, Ecosystem Approach to Management, Observation and Data, Sustainable Fishing Technologies.

    Bachelor in Biology is a researcher in the marine research division of AZTI. He currently works in the design and coordination of a sampling programme for Basque Country fisheries, in the framework of the European Data Collection Framework (CE 93/2010), the management of AZTI

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    Arantza Murillas
    Principal Researcher AZTI - Sustainable Fisheries ManagementHuman Activities and Marine Spatial Planning, Environmental Impact and Quality, Integrated Assessment of Living Resources.

    Background: PhD in Economics, “Doctorate in Economic Analysis and Public Economy”, Department of Fundaments of the Economic Analysis of the University of the Basque Country (1997-2001).
    Competencies:
    Socio-economic fisheries; Maritime economy; Bioeconomic models; Ecosystem services valuation.
    Experience: She worked three years (2000-2003) in the Department of Applied Economics of the Vigo University, Spain. She has worked since 2004 in AZTI participating in several European and international projects, some of them: European Lifestyles and Marine Ecosystems (ELME); Operational Evaluation Tools for Fisheries Management Options (EFIMAS); Comparative Evaluations of Innovative Solutions in European Fisheries Management (CEVIS); Socio economic effects of management measures of the future CFP (SOCIOEC); and, Development of innovative tools for understanding marine biodiversity and assessing good environmental status (DEVOTES).

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    Hilario Murua
    Principal Researcher AZTI - Sustainable Fisheries ManagementIntegrated Assessment of Living Resources, Marine Ecosystems Functioning, Observation and Data,

    In recent years Hilario has mainly focused his research on fish reproductive potential studies and population dynamics of tropical tunas. He is member of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) and Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) Scientific Committee. He is the chair of the Tropical Tunas Working Party of IOTC since 2010. He is also member of the Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries (STECF). He regularly supervises master and PhD students and has published more than 40 peer reviewed papers, coedited 5 special fishery journal volumes, and contributed over 50 working documents in various RFMOs. He has been involved in several EU funded projects related to biology, assessment and management of fish species being the Coordinator of the EU funded TXOTX (Technical Experts Overseeing Third country Expertise) and Provision of scientific advice for the purpose of the implementation of the EUPOA sharks.

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    Jefferson Murua
    Researcher AZTI - Sustainable Fisheries ManagementIntegrated Assessment of Living Resources, Marine Ecosystems Functioning, Observation and Data.

    Background: Marine Biology
    Generalist Competencies:
    Fisheries science
    Marine intertidal and pelagic ecology
    Fish physiology and behaviour
    Specialist Competencies:
    Bycatch mitigation in fisheries
    Fishers’ Local Ecological Knowledge
    Teleost social behaviour and physiology
    Has been a researcher at AZTI since 2010 where he is involved in initiatives to improve fisheries sustainability such as EU (e.g. MADE, GAP2) and international projects (e.g. ISSF Skipper Workshops) mainly dealing with tropical tuna fisheries and the development of methods to reduce the bycatch of pelagic macrofauna. Previously, he completed his PhD on fish physiology at Exeter University and has worked in the Marine Biological Association (UK) in areas of intertidal and benthic ecology.

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    Blanca Orue
    PhD Student AZTI - Sustainable Fisheries ManagementObservation and Data, Integrated Assessment of Living Resources, Ecosystem Approach to Management,

    BSc in Marine Science and a MSc in Oceanography from Cadiz University. She is currently doing her PhD in the use of fish aggregating devices in tropical tuna fisheries.

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    Iñaki Oyarzabal
    Sampling Technician/Observer AZTI- Sustainable Fisheries ManagementObservation and data

    Marine Biologist graduated in the ULPGC (Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria), I obtained the European Master in Environmental Contamination and Toxicology in the University of Basq Country.
    Working in AZTI since 2007 as fisheries observer, I have an extensive experience in sampling onboard fishing boats, as much as in scientific-oceanografphic campains offshore and litoral-coast sampling.

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    Raúl Prellezo
    Principal Researcher AZTI - Sustainable Fisheries ManagementIntegrated Assessment of Living Resources, Ecosystem Approach to Management.

    Education: BSc in Economics and Business Administration, MSc in Business Administration and PhD in Economics.
    He has over seventeen years of experience in economic research. He has conducted scientific research on fisheries economics, natural resource valuation, value creation and value management. He joined AZTI in 2000, where he has been working in the field of Fisheries Socio-Economics, involved in many European projects and author of several scientific outputs, including papers, conferences and book chapters. From 2008 he is member of the Member of the Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries (STECF) and since 2012 of the steering committee of EAFE (European Association of Fisheries Economics).

    Recent works:
    Prellezo R., Accadia P., Andersen J.L., Andersen B.S., Buisman E., Little A., Nielsen J.R., Poos J.J., Powell J., Röckmann C., 2012, A review of EU bio-economic models for fisheries: The value of a diversity of models. Marine Policy 36(2), 423-431.

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    Iñaki Quincoces
    Principal Researcher AZTI - Sustainable Fisheries ManagementObservation and Data, Integrated Assessment of Living Resources, Ecosystem Approach to Management, Marine Ecosystems Functioning, Sustainable Fshing Technologies.

    Background: Biology
    Generalist Competencies:
    Ecosystem biology
    Fish biology
    Specialist Competencies:
    MSFD sampling programmes
    GIS applied to MSFD
    Stock assessment.
    He holds a PhD in Biology from University of the Basque Country (2002). He has more than 18 years of experience in different lines of marine research applied to fish biology, fisheries modelling, ecosystem modelling and Marine Strategy Framework Directive implementation and collection of data for the analysis of its indicators. Principal Researcher for AZTI in 5 European Research projects, currently is in charge of the ITSASTEKA program survey aiming for the collection of data for 5 of the descriptors of the MSFD, by means of IBTS-like research survey, ROV surveys in hard bottoms and dredges for infaunal analysis. He is author of more than 50 publications, including 12 in international peer-reviewed journals and 5 books or book chapters.

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    Julen Robles
    Sampling Technician/Observer AZTI - Sustainable Fisheries ManagementMarine Ecosystems Functioning, Conservation of Marine Ecosystems, Sustainable Fishing Technologies.

    22 years of experience in the sea on fishing boats. Knowledge in fishing art. 5 years as a port sampler.

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    Jon Ruiz
    Senior Researcher AZTI - Sustainable Fisheries ManagementObservation and Data, Sustainable Fishing Technologies.

    Mr. Jon Ruiz, who holds a degree in Biology (University of the Basque Country, Spain) and a master degree in International fisheries management (University of Tromso, Norway), has 11 years of experience in fisheries research. He is responsible of the on-board sampling programs implemented by AZTI on the Basque fleets operating in the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. He has been since 2003 involved in the Data Collection required by the DCF (Data Collection Framework), as well as involve in the development of fisheries data bases and observers training. He is the current chair of the RCM-LP (Regional Coordination Meeting for Large Pelagics). He has participated in several ICES study groups related with sampling programs and fisheries monitoring; WKPICS, SGPIDS & WGRFS. He has contributed over 25 working documents in various RFMOs.

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    Sonia Sánchez
    Researcher AZTI - Sustainable Fisheries ManagementIntegrated Assessment of Living Resources, Ecosystem Approach to Management.

    Background: Mathematics and Statistics

    Education: BSc in Mathematics, MSci in Mathematical modelling, Statistics and Computation

    Competencies:
    Fisheries modeller: fish population dynamics, management strategy evaluation, bio-economic modelling of fisheries systems, climate change impacts on fish stocks.
    Software development: http://flbeia.azti.es/
    Eco-labels for responsible fisheries: scientific advice for the fleets and P1 expert in an MSC assessment.

    Experience:
    Member of the ICES Working Group on Widely Distributed Species (WGWIDE) from 2008 onwards. She has been involved in several research projects on assessment, biology, stock dynamics and management of small pelagics. She is currently collaborating on the development of FLBEIA bio-economic model and as cooperated with EC STECF in the definition of the anchovy long term management plan. Since 2009, is also working in the eco-certification of fisheries products and the study of the MSC certification standards.

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    Josu Santiago
    Head of Research Area AZTI - Sustainable Fisheries ManagementIntegrated Assessment of Living Resources, Observation and Data.

    Josu Santiago received his PhD in Biology, specializing in tuna biology and tuna population dynamics. He has worked in AZTI (Basque Country, Spain) since 1985; during these years he has been involved in several national and international research projects in the field of fish biology and fish stock assessment, particularly in temperate and tropical tuna. He has published 10 peer reviewed papers and contributed over 30 working documents. During the period 1992-1999 he was Head of the Department of Fishery Resources of AZTI-Tecnalia and Chairman of the Albacore Working Group of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tuna (ICCAT). Among other responsabilities, Josu has been Director of Fisheries of the Basque Government (Spain) for three mandates; and chairman of the Standing Committee on Research and Statistics (SCRS) of ICCAT for two mandates, from 2011 to 2014.Currently he is Head of the Area of Tuna Research of AZTI.

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    María Santos
    Senior Researcher AZTI - Sustainable Fisheries ManagementIntegrated Assessment of Living Resources, Observation and Data, Ecosystem Approach to Management, Conservation of Marine Ecosystems, Assessment of the Marine Environment Health Status.

    Background: Marine Biology
    Education: BSc in Marine Biology

    María Santos is a specialist in the application of the Daily Egg Production Method. She is the responsible of the annual BIOMAN survey since 2000 reporting its results in several working documents to different ICES working groups. She participates annually since 2000 in the ICES Working Group on anchovy, sardine and Horse Mackerel WGHANSA and ICES Working Group on Acoustic and Egg Surveys for Sardine and Anchovy in ICES areas VIII and IX (WGACEGG) being currently and for three years the chairman of this WG. He has participated in more than 40 scientific papers in international SCI Journals and contributed in more than 25 national and international congresses. She was participated in 3 Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries (STECF) in relation with anchovy biomass assessment. She is involved in several National and international funded projects related with pelagic species.

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    Marina Santurtún
    Head of Research Area AZTI - Sustainable Fisheries ManagementIntegrated Assessment of Living Resources, Ecosystem Approach to Management, Observation and Data, Sustainable Fishing Technologies.

    Back ground: Ocean Sciences
    Generalist competences: Fisheries: Assessment and Management.
    Specialist competences: Fleet & Fisheries dynamics; Discards, Common Fisheries Management, Governance.
    Experience:
    From 1999 to 2012, she coordinated the assessment of Northern Megrim in ICES WGBIE (previously WGHMM). Actually she is the Chair of the WG of ICES on Cephalopods Biology and Life History. She has participated in EU Projects (VI & VII FP) as WP coordinator since 1999, leading the international research project AFRAME (2007-2009): A framework for fish and fisheries Management (VI FP). She has participated in several EU Tenders (IP/B/PECH/IC/2013_088), INTERREG and on going H2020 Projects. In the International context, she participates in Consultancy Projects in Saudi Arabia in relation to a Fisheries Program establishment in the Gulf and trap fisheries in the Red Sea. Since 2009 participates regularly to the Regional Advisory Committees from the EU, specially AC SWW and AC NWW.

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    Beatriz Sobradillo Benguria
    PhD Student AZTI - Sustainable Fisheries ManagementObservation and data, Sustainable fishing technologies, Integrated assessment of living resources, Conservation of marine ecosystems

    PhD student on acoustic methods for biomass estimation of different trophic groups in the Bay of Biscay. MSc graduated in Marine
    Environment and Resources.

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    Jon Uranga Aizpurua
    Researcher AZTI - Sustainable Fisheries ManagementObservation and data, Integrated assessment of living resources, Conservation of marine ecosystems, Sustainable fishing technologies, Human activities and marine spatial planning

    Engineer in Geodesy and Cartography, specialized in Artificial Intelligence (master in Computational Engineering and Intelligent
    Systems). Doctorated at 2017 with the Ph.D. thesis “Detecting, counting and sizing bluefin tuna schools using medium range sonars of
    bait boats in the Bay of Biscay”, his work is based on acoustic based data analysis. He has participated in several acoustic surveys
    focused in pelagic species estimation (tuna and anchovy) and acoustic selectivity of tuna around FADs. He has experience in collecting
    and processing data from commercial fisheries and using this data source as a powerful tool to track population changes.

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    Andrés Uriarte
    Senior Researcher AZTI - Sustainable Fisheries ManagementObservation and Data, Ecosystem Approach to Management, Marine Ecosystems Functioning, Integrated Assessment of Living Resources.

    More than 25 years of experience on fish population dynamics, assessment and management Responsible of the scientific monitoring of pelagic fisheries of the Basque country since 1987 and contributor to the ICES working groups on small pelagic fishes. His expertise cover fishery monitoring programs, direct surveying and integrated assessment of fish resources. He contributed to the implementation of the Daily Egg Production Method (DEPM) to the Bay of Biscay anchovy, and he has cooperated with EC STECF in the development of the anchovy management plan. As expert assessor he has chaired several advisory working groups in ICES and for GCFM (FAO) and has been co-convenor of several workshops. IN addition he has lead/participated several international projects about direct (by surveys) and indirect assessment (DEPM, acoustics, tagging), and in ecology and management. He has about 80 papers or written contributions, of which 44 are books or Articles (Refereed and SCI journals).

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    Agurtzane Urtizberea
    Senior Researcher AZTI - Sustainable Fisheries ManagementEcosystem Approach to Management, Marine Ecosystems Functioning.

    I studied mathematics in the University of the Basque Country, I did my PhD on marine biology in the University of Bergen and currently I work as senior researcher in Azti.

    During my PhD I learnt different processes of fish behaviour modelling such us foraging, diel vertical migration and bioenergetics with the use of tools such as Individual based models.

    After I was researcher in the University of Bergen, and I worked with the General Ocean Turbulence Model GOTM to study the effect of different light attenuations and turbulence on phytoplankton, and collaborated in the development of a trait based ecosystem model.

    Since I work in Azti my work is more focus on bioeconomic assesment model, applying FLBEIA to different case studies, on data analyisis of recreational fisheries and on participating in the design of sampling fisheries of the Basque Country.

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    Lucía Zarauz
    Senior Researcher AZTI - Sustainable Fisheries ManagementIntegrated Assessment of Living Resources, Ecosystem Approach to Management.

    Competences: fisheries monitoring, probability based sampling, stakeholder

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    Iker Zudaire
    Researcher AZTI- Sustainable Fisheries ManagementIntegrated assessment of living resources, Conservation of marine ecosystems, Marine ecosystems functioning, Sustainable fishing technologies

    I am a marine biologist specialized in tropical tuna species biological processes. I have conducted most of my research carrier assessing the reproductive biology of tuna and related biological processes (e.g., energetic). I did my MER PhD at AZTI (2008-2014), afterwards I continued my research at IRD (Institut de Recherche pour le Développement- 2013-2015) and at AZTI-IRD with Basque Government Postdoctoral grant (2015-2017). Since January 2018 I am working at AZTI in a project related to the development of biodegradable Fish Aggregating Devices (BIOFAD).