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Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML) delivers fundamental and applied research for national and international marine and coastal programmes with its core funding coming from UK government and the European framework programmes. PML provides capability for observing, modelling, understanding and forecasting marine ecosystems, to underpin evidence-based environmental solutions to societal challenges. It applies world-leading, integrated, scientific understanding, focused on the interactions between the marine environment and society, in estuarine, coastal and shelf waters, as well as the upper layers of the global ocean. PML hosted the GLOBEC International Project Office and has had a leading role in many EC programs including VECTORS, MEECE, MarBEF, EUROCEANS, EMPAFISH, MERSEA, ECOOP and COST-IMPACT. PML hosts the Partnership for the Observation for the Global Ocean (POGO) secretariat and hosted the International Project Office of GLOBEC.

Contribution to the project: PML will propose, evaluate and recommend a set of alternative management options for Mediterranean and Black Sea fisheries by running a specifically built Mediterranean and Black Sea fisheries bioeconomic model (Mefisto, Lleonart et al 2003). We will disseminate our results to provide scientific advice on the most appropriate course of action to be adopted to optimize the state of two selected case studies. Additionally, PML will collaborate with AZTI to build a game theoretical algorithm for tropical tuna fisheries in the Widely Ranging Fish Regional study.

Description of PIs involved in the project:

  • Dr Gorka Merino has been a scientist at PML for 2.5 years. He has extensive knowledge of game theoretic type models in fishing. He carried out PhD and postdoctoral studies in Spain (ICM, Barcelona) on bioeconomics of Mediterranean fisheries and the impacts of MPAs, including work in the EU projects BEMMFISH and EMPAFISH. At PML he has been working on climate change scenarios for future small pelagic fisheries in the world’s large-scale coastal marine ecosystems and global fishmeal and oil production.
  • Dr Melanie Austen is a PML Head of Science and also Chief Scientific Advisor to the UK’s Marine Management Organisation. She is the coordinator of EU Oceans of Tomorrow project VECTORS (starting February 2011), led the EU FP5 project COST-IMPACT, and led interdisciplinary biodiversity-socioeconomics related workpackages in MarBEF and EMPAFISH. Her expertise is in links between biodiversity and ecosystem function; socioeconomic importance of biodiversity including valuation; impact of fishing on marine ecosystem processes and goods and services; benthic-pelagic coupling; field and experimental benthic ecology in coastal habitats. She has published >50 refereed papers.
  • Dr Manuel Barange is PML Director of Science and Chair of the Scientific Committee of ICES. Dr Barange is a marine ecologist working on climate and anthropogenic impacts on marine ecosystems, and on exploitation and sustainability of marine resources. Dr Barange has published over 70 peer-reviewed papers and is a founding member of the Global Partnership for Climate, Fisheries and Aquaculture (PaCFA). He was recently awarded the UNESCO-IOC 2010 Roger Revelle medal for contributions to marine science. 

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.