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The main roles of IEO are to conduct research and give advice to the Spanish Administration on the exploitation, conservation and management of marine ecosystems. A main task is to assess stocks of fish and shellfish of interest to the Spanish fishing fleet, as well the impact of fisheries. These assessments are carried out under organizations such as ICES, GFCM, etc. They require the compilation of data relating to the Spanish fleet operations and on basic biological parameters. IEO has considerable experience participating in European Projects related to fisheries assessment and management (e.g. TACADAR, BECAUSE, UNCOVER).

Contribution to the project: IEO will contribute to WP 1 to 4, working on the Mediterranean Sea and Western Waters regional studies. In the Mediterranean Sea, the impacts (biological, economic, social) of the MSY variants identified will be investigated using a simulation model designed for Mediterranean fisheries (Mefisto). In the Western waters, the focus will be on identifying MSY alternatives for the mixed fishery associated with the current management plan We will develop a hake and anglerfishes dynamic models implementing trophic processes (hake cannibalism and predation by cetaceans) and uncertainty in S/R relationship. Finally we will integrate our finding in bio-economic model.

Description of PIs involved in the project:

  • Dr. Antoni Quetglas: PhD on Biology; Senior Scientist at IEO since 2006. Participation in 25 research projects; co-author of 35 research papers, 3 book chapters and 21 congress presentations. Participation in stock assessment meetings (GFCM, STECF). Area of expertise: Demersal resources and fisheries.
  • Dr. Joan Moranta: PhD in Biology; Senior Scientist at IEO since 2006. Participation in 25 research projects; co-author of 32 research papers, 2 book chapters, 38 congress presentations. Area of expertise: Fisheries ecology.
  • Dr. Enric Massutí: PhD in Biology; Senior Scientist at IEO since 2000, Director of the Balearic Islands Centre. Participate in 42 research projects; co-author of 84 research papers, 5 book chapters, 2 books and 70 congress presentations. Area of expertise: Demersal resources, ecosystems and fisheries. Experience in fisheries management, General Director of Fisheries of the Autonomous Government.
  • Dr. Santiago Cerviño: PhD in Biology; Senior Scientist at IEO. Involved in fishery research since 1998 (surveys, stock assessments models and management), participating in 11 EU projects, 12 research papers and 35 congress presentations. Member of several ICES Working Groups and national representative in FRESH (network on Fish Reproduction and Fisheries). Area of expertise: stock assessments methods.
  • Dr. Begoña Santos: PhD in Zoology; research scientist at IEO since 2004. Participation in 20 international projects; co-author of 64 research papers and 135 conference presentations. Alternate Spanish representative at the ICES Scientific Committee, Chair of the ICES Study group on Scientific Cooperation and member of several ICES WG. Area of expertise: pelagic resources and top predators.
  • Dr Graham Pierce: PhD in Zoology; honorary research associate at IEO and Professor of Zoology at University of Aberdeen. Over 25 years of experience in marine biological research. Coordination of 11 research and training projects, participation in 14 others, co-author of over 180 papers and 290 conference presentations. Two terms as chair of ICES WGCEPH, member ICES WGMME. Expertise: trophic interactions, habitat use, top predators, cephalopods, fisheries.
  • Dr. Paz Sampedro: PhD in Biology; research scientist at IEO since 2005. Participation in 8 research projects; co-author of 14 research papers and 23 congress presentations. She is member of the ICES Working Group WGHMM. Expertise: stock identification, stock assessment, crustaceans, fisheries.

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.