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AquaMarine Advisers (Marine Environmental & Living Resources Consultancy) is an SME, whose main focus is facilitation, development and application of scientific support for policy and natural sciences R&D. In particular, AMA has specialized in synthesizing and communicating scientific information and advice in reports that are targeted at diverse stakeholders. AMA has worked for/with regional ministerial conferences (North Sea, Wadden Sea), the European Parliament, the fishing industry (e.g. Nordic Fishermen’s Council, Europêche/COGECA), environmental NGOs (e.g. WWF, Coalition Clean Baltic), scientific interest groups (e.g. EFARO), and many ministries of fisheries and environment including their specialized agencies.

Contribution to the project: AMA contributes to WPs 1, 3, 4 and 5 via information analysis and synthesis, and consultations and communications with key higher level managers and stakeholders. The main focus is on: a) the process behind how environmental indicators related to fish stocks/fisheries have been set and the implications/constraints of this for how MSY objectives will be used; b) the governance implications of basing objectives on the variants of MSY; and c) lessons for the EU from experiences with objective setting outside Europe.

Description of PIs involved in the project:

  • Dr Christopher C.E. Hopkins is AMA’s Director. He has been Professor of Quantitative Marine Ecology at the Norwegian College of Fishery Science, University of Tromsø (Norway); Professor of Marine Polar Ecology at the Institute of Polar Ecology, University of Kiel (Germany); General Secretary and Chief Scientist at the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES, Denmark); Member of FAO’s ‘High-Level Panel of External Experts in Fisheries’; and Special Adviser to the Fifth (2002) Ministerial Conference on the Protection of the North Sea, and Chair of the international Issue Groups on ‘Fisheries’ and ‘Protection of Species and Habitats’ reporting to the Committee of North Sea Senior Officials. In 1994, he was appointed Honorary Professor of Aquatic Biosciences at the University of Stirling, UK. He has participated in national and international projects/programmes (e.g. UNCOVER FP7 project, MARE NOR and PRO MARE programmes in Norway) at levels from Programme Coordinator to PI. He has published 53 peer reviewed papers in international scientific journals spanning biological oceanography; environmental and living marine resources issues; marine policy; and integrated ecosystem-based monitoring, assessment and management.

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.