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IFREMER is a public research institute created in 1984 and the only French research organisation with an entirely maritime purpose. It operates under the joint auspices of the three Ministries of

  • Higher Education and Research,
  • Agriculture and Fisheries,
  • Ecology, Sustainable development and Infrastructure. Being involved in all the marine science and technology fields, IFREMER has the capability of solving problems with an integrated approach. IFREMER scope of actions can be divided into four main areas, each of them including different topics:
  1. Understanding, assessing, developing and managing the ocean resources (knowledge and exploration of the deep sea; contribution to the exploitation of offshore oil;  understanding ocean circulation (relation with the global change); sustainable management of fishery resources; optimisation and development of aquaculture production),
  2. Improving knowledge, protection and restoration methods for marine environment,
  3. Production and management of equipment of national interest,
  4. Helping the socio-economic development of the maritime world.

Contribution to the project: IFREMER will work on including the spatial dimension into the definition of MSY variants using a spatially explicit modelling framework (ISIS-Fish) to assess the efficiency of new management strategies according to alternative MSY objectives (fishing fleet, population and habitat dimensions). The approach will be developed in the Western waters regional study and applied to the mixed fisheries ‘Hake, Sole, Nephrops’ of the bay of Biscay/Celtic Sea.

Description of PIs involved in the project:

  • Dr. Pascal Laffargue, has a PhD in Marine Biology. He works on the functioning of soft benthic habitats of the continental shelf, benthic community structure, distribution and links with natural and anthropogenic pressures (especially fisheries). He is WP coordinator in the project “CoralFish” dealing with interactions of fisheries with CWC habitats and the author of 8 peer-reviewed publications .He is co-chair of the ICES WG on ecosystem assessment for the Western European Shelf Seas (WGEAWESS).
  • Dr. Stéphanie Mahévas, has a Phd in probabilistic and statistics modelling. Since 1998, she has worked on fishery dynamics models and statistical data analysis at IFREMER. She has led the research project on the ISIS-Fish simulation model for assessing the impact of spatial management measures on resources and fishing activity. She was involved in several EU-funded project using ISIS-Fish. She has published 24 peer-reviewed papers.
  • Dr. Michel Bertignac (PhD), is a senior scientist specialized in stock assessment and modelling. He has been working for 10 years in international organizations (FAO and SPC) focusing on tuna stock assessment, spatial modeling and tagging data analysis. He is presently working in IFREMER, mainly on stock assessment (hake) and management plan evaluation. He is involved in several ICES and STECF working groups.
  • Dr. Paul Marchal, has a background in fish stock assessment and mixed fisheries modelling. Over the past 15 years he has worked in fisheries research institutes in England, Denmark, France and New Zealand. Paul has coordinated and contributed to several European FP projects pertaining to the impact of management regulations on fleets and stocks dynamics. He has >20 published papers.
  • Dr. Youen Vermard has a background in fish stock assessment and mixed fisheries modelling. He has contributed to several European FP projects pertaining to the impact of management regulations on fleets and stocks dynamics.
  • Dr. Anik Brind’Amour, works on the functioning of coastal nursery grounds and notably on the i) impact of anthropogenic and natural pressures on the spatial distribution of fish and benthic communities, ii) development of fish habitat models, and iii) spatial and temporal trophic interactions and coupling. She is the author of 14 peerreviewed publications (published and submitted) and is involved in the ICES WG on Biodiversity.

flagsThe research leading to these results has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7 /2007-2013) under grant agreement no 289257. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the European Union cannot be held responsible for any use which maybe made of the information contained therein.