The Project supports stakeholder cooperation within SSF’s to address shared transnational challenges that enhance (i) the protection of marine resources by improved spatial distribution of SSF activity knowledge to advance towards an ecosystem-based approach to management. This improved mode of environmental management will lead to better management of natural ecosystems shared by SSF and other coastal activities – including marine protected areas.

The project will contribute to specific objectives of the Common Fishery Policy (CFP) and the Marine Spatial Planning Directive (MSP) through: (ii) the conservation of biodiversity by identifying and providing quantitative assessment of the ecosystem services (ES) attached to the SSF species and habitats. (iii) improving the scarce knowledge of how SSF’s impact on biodiversity, and, on the ES, and provide an answer to the need for common methodology, learning and management, thereby contributing to meet the needs of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD).

The project will also support innovation to adapt the SSF’s to the introduction of the landing obligation from 2019 onwards (CFP). (iv) Cooperation amongst different types of stakeholders (regional, national, etc.) to propose solutions for the Atlantic based on previous new knowledge and increasing their capacity to develop joint proposals within the Atlantic Strategy Action Plan. (v) the coexistence of SSF activity with marine conservation.

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Fundación AZTI Fundazioa, Universidad de Huelva, Centro Tecnológico del Mar, Institut Français de Recherche pour l’Exploitation de la Mer, The University Court of the University of St Andrews, Instituto Português do Mar e da Atmosfera, Instituto Español de Oceanografía, Consejería de Desarrollo Rural y Recursos Naturales, Universidad de Oviedo, Bord Iascaigh Mhara – Ireland’s Seafood Development Agency, Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science, Universidade do Algarve, Joint Nature Conservation Committee, Gobierno Vasco -Eusko Jaurlaritza, Ministerio de Agricultura y Pesca, Alimentación y Medio Ambiente, Itsas Garapen Elkartea (FLAG), Fundación Oceana, South Western Waters Advisory Council, Welsh Government, Fundación Centro Tecnológico del Sector Pesquero GARUM, Asociación para el Desarrollo Pesquero de la Costa Occidental de Huelva COSTALUZ, LONJA DE ISLA S.L., Marine Management Organisation, Marine Alliance for Science and Technology, Low Impact Fishers of Europe, Federación de Cofradías de Pescadores del Principado de Asturias, Fishing into the Future, Federación Andaluza de Cofradías de Pescadores


European Comission , Espacio Atlántico Espacio Operativo 2007-2013


2019 – 2022

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