Myfish in a Nutshell

Title: Maximising Yield of Fisheries while Balancing Ecosystem, Economic and Social Concerns
Acronym: Myfish
Programme: FP7, Cooperation, Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, and Biotechnology
Instrument: Collaborative project
Total Budget: €6,513,288.34
EC Contribution: €4,999,999.00
Duration: March 2012 – February 2016 (48 months)
Coordinator: National Institute of Aquatic Resources, Technical University of Denmark (DTU Aqua), Denmark
Consortium: 31 partners from 12 countries

The new Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) aims to provide EU citizens with a long term stable, secure and healthy food supply. To achieve the objective of the CFP the EU fisheries will be managed by multi-annual plans and governed by the ecosystem approach and the precautionary principle. The challenge therefore is to make fishing environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable.

Myfish will contribute to the CFP by defining management measures. The concept of Maximum Sustainable Yield (MSY) will be extended and integrated with the economic and social components of the society.

Nowadays, there is a lack of common agreement on the interpretation of the "sustainability" and "yield" components of the MSY concept and on the effects that achieving MSY for one stock may have on other stocks and the broader ecosystem, economic system and social system. The MYFISH project will address these ambiguities by evaluating different MSY objectives, conditional on different kinds of constraints (ecosystem, economic, social) and with different kinds of management measures to achieve the objectives.

Myfish aims at developing new MSY indicators that can ensure high levels of fishery yield while respecting ecological, economic and social sustainability thus contributing to achieve the Good Environmental Status (GES) foreseen in the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD).

Myfish will achieve this objective through addressing fisheries in all RAC (Regional Advisory Council) areas and integrating stakeholders (the fishing industry, NGOs and managers) throughout the project. Existing ecosystem and fisheries models will be modified to perform maximisation of stakeholder approved yield measures while ensuring acceptable impact levels on ecosystem, economic and social aspects. Implementation plans are proposed and social aspects addressed through active involvement of stakeholders.

The project will follow a regional approach with case studies in the Baltic Sea, North Sea, Western Waters, Mediterranean Sea and Wide Ranging stocks.

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.