External Organisations

  • Danish Fishermen's Producers' Organization, Denmark

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Danish Fishers PO had decided that all commercial fisheries in Denmark should, where possible, operate at the standard necessary to obtain MSC certification by 2012. This project was the third of a suite of EFF-financed projects supporting this challenge.

Of particular focus was the absence of management plan for plaice and sole in Kattegat-Skagerrak area, which is one of the prerequisite for certification. Sole stock is regularly assessed by ICES, implying that a management plan could potentially be established on a standard basis. But the situation was more problematic for plaice, which assessment suffered from a number of uncertainties and issues which could not be solved through a standard benchmark process. DTU Aqua was thus involved in order to clarify the biological knowledge base for this stock and contributed to suggestions for a more tailored approach to the assessment and management of plaice in Skagerrak.

The project resulted in significant changes in the perception of plaice population dynamics in the Skagerrak-Kattegat. An ICES workshop was convened in 2012 (WKPESTO) on the basis of the project, and a new basis for scientific advice was agreed. The scientific and advice outcomes of the project have been disseminated in a scientific publication by Ulrich et al. (2013), DOI: 10.1016/j.seares.2013.04.007

The research underlying this project was continued in project 39025 in 2013-2014.

The project was coordinated by Danish Fishermen's Producers' Organisation, Denmark.


  • Research areas: Fisheries Management & Ecosystem based Marine Management
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