MIR has long-standing experience and expertise in fishery research throughout the World Oceans, but in recent two decades its activities have been limited mostly to the Baltic Sea. The Institute was founded in 1921 and is the oldest marine research institution in Poland. The mission of the institute is to develop and provide scientific foundations for the rational use and exploitation of living marine resources. The overall tasks of MIR fit closely to the ICES Strategic Plan and to the majority of the priorities for scientific research in support of Common Fishery Policy of the EC (e.g. scientific bases of integrated fisheries management). The principal areas of research conducted at the Institute include: fishery biology and oceanography, marine ecology, fish processing technologies and fishery economics.

Contribution to the project: Within the thematic focus of the proposal the Institute will participate in WP2 in Baltic Sea case study. MIR will contribute to estimates of MSY in multispecies context, using multispecies stockproduction model (Horbowy, 1996, 2005) with explicit recruitment function. The sensitivity of MSY implementation to changing environmental factors and underlying assumptions will be examined.

Description of the PIs involved in the project:

  • Dr Jan Horbowy is leader of the Department of Fishery Resources. In 1994-96 he chaired ICES Working Groups dealing with Baltic stocks assessment. Since 1995 he has participated in Advisory Committee for Fishery Management (ACFM, later ACOM) work as Polish member, chairing several review and advice drafting groups. In 2000-2005 he was member of Editorial Advisory Board of Archive of Fishery and Marine Research. He has worked on fish stocks assessment, fishery management, ecological modelling and statistical modelling. These activities covered both Baltic fishery and deep-sea resources. He participated in several EC founded projects, and he was national co-ordinator in STORE, BECAUSE and EFIMAS. Jan Horbowy will work on application of multispecies production models (Horbowy, 1996, 2005) to estimate MSY parameters and evaluate effects of their implementation.

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.