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The European Common Fisheries Policy has made a commitment to direct management of fish stocks towards achieving Maximum Sustainable Yield (MSY) by 2015. Attaining this goal is complicated by lack of common agreement on the interpretation of both ‘sustainability’ and ‘yield’, and because achieving MSY for one stock may affect the possibility of achieving MSY for other stocks and compromise ecological, environmental, economic, or social aims.

The objective of MYFISH is to face these difficulties and provide definitions of MSY variants, evaluations of the effect on ecosystems, economy and social aspects of attaining these variants, their social desirability and an operational framework for their implementation.

This is achieved through cases addressing a range of fisheries in all RAC areas. The cases cover situations ranging from data-poor to the most studied and well-understood marine ecosystems in EU waters. The implementation of MSY will build on the existing ecosystem and fisheries models in the cases, modified to perform the maximization of the relevant yield measure operationally. Social aspects are integrated throughout the project by active involvement of stakeholders in the definition and evaluation of MSY variants. Global experience is engaged through the associated partners and members of the scientific steering committee from third countries.

The external partners are 32 European universities, public research institutes and fisheries organizations within different disciplines, e.g. fisheries science, economics, social science, and dissemination expertise.

The project is coordinated by DTU Aqua.


  • Research area: Marine Living Resources
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