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Tecnalia-AZTI is the Fisheries Research Institute of the Autonomous Basque Government (Spain). It has three labs with more than 200 staff allocated into two research units: Marine and Food Research Units, and other support departments like administration and finance, marketing or information technologies. Since its creation in 1984, AZTI has become a centre of excellence in the research, technological development and transference in the areas of Fisheries and Food Technology, Oceanography and Marine Environment. AZTI is currently working on more than 30 UE projects (some of them as coordinator). The marine research unit of AZTI is composed by more than 80 people, divided into two work centres. This unit carries out research in order to provide innovative solutions for the requirements of the sectors, administrations and society, to achieve a sustainable management of the marine resources.

Contribution to the project: AZTI-Tecnalia will lead the Western Waters Regional study and actively participate in WPs 1 to 4 for this case study. The institute will contribute in the modelling of the Iberian waters part of the Western waters case study and to the modelling of tuna fisheries in the Widely Ranging Fish Regional study.

Description of PIs involved in the project:

  • Dr. Raúl Prellezo is a Principal Researcher at AZTI-Tecnalia. He has over ten years of experience in economic research, specifically dealing with the socio-economic aspects of fisheries. He has conducted project research on the impacts that fishing gear and technology have on the natural growth and optimal harvest rates. He joined AZTI in 2000, where he has been working in the field of fisheries socioeconomics involved in many European projects: In 2007 he finalized a MBA. He is currently a member of STECF.
  • Dr. Marina Santurtun is head of the area for management of demersal fisheries and has extensive experience in coordinating research areas and lead large groups of scientists. She has participated in more than 30 FP6 and FP7 EU projects, acting as international coordinator in 3 of them.
  • MSc Dorleta García is a senior researcher at AZTI-Tecnalia with background on mathematics and statistics. She works on bioeconomic modelling of fisheries systems and statistical data analysis. She has a large experience on management strategy evaluation and bioeconomic impact assessments and has been involved in the development of FLR libraries.
  • Dr. Hilario Murua is Principal Researcher at AZTI-Tecnalia. He has been chairman of the Standing Committee on Fisheries Science (STACFIS) of NAFO and a member of the NAFO Scientific Council from 1999-2006. He is now working on population dynamics of tropical tunas and is member of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) and Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) Scientific Committee. He is currently the chair of the Tropical Tunas Working Party of IOTC, the Coordinator of the EU funded TXOTX project and a member of STECF.
  • Dr. Paul de Bruyn is senior researcher at AZTI-Tecnalia. Paul has conducted stock assessments for a variety of exploited species and has incorporated these assessments into the development of operational management procedures for the resources using Management strategy evaluation techniques. He is involved in the ecosystems approach to fisheries (EAF) and has attended several FAO workshops on making EAF applicable to developing countries fisheries. Paul is currently the chairman of the ICCAT working group on stock assessment methods.

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.