Forward management of sandeel in the North Sea (39316)

Project Details


The project will define and align the management of sandeel considering the goals and desires of the fishing industry, administration and science while taking the biology and importance of the sandeel in the ecosystem into account.

The project is structured by several work-packages, each dealing with specific aspects of sandeel biology and/or fishery relevant for management. Among these will the sandeel population structure and its influence on stock assessment, CPUE and counselling be discussed. Analyses of fisheries development and sandeel availability over the fishing season will enable a more accurate calculation of fishing mortality. Furthermore, it is examined whether the increasing concentration of fishing effort on certain banks potentially causes an error in the stock assessment in relation to recruitment from unfished banks.

The project will perform a statistical evaluation of fisheries-independent data for sandeel in the North Sea and evaluate existing and alternative methods of stock assessment for sandeel in the North Sea with current and alternative management areas, including implementing an analytical stock assessment of sandeel in sandeel area 4. Finally the project will evaluate existing biological and management reference points, and discuss these in relation to ecosystem reference points.

Throughout the project period, a series of workshops and meetings will be held in order to discuss possible management strategies for sandeel in the North Sea. These discussions will imply a number of fundamental prerequisites defined in collaboration between management, fisheries and science in order to form the basis for an optimal management of sandeel.

DTU Aqua, National Institute of Aquatic Ressources
Danish Pelagic Producers Organisation, Denmark
Danish Fishermen PO, Denmark
Marine Ingredients Denmark

The project is funded by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) and the Danish Fisheries Agency.

Research area: Marine Living Resources
Research area: Population Genetics
Research area: Marine Populations and Ecosystem Dynamics
Research area: Fisheries Management
Research area: Ecosystem based Marine Management
Effective start/end date11/11/201517/08/2018

Collaborative partners

  • Technical University of Denmark (lead)
  • Danish Fishermen's Association (Project partner)
  • Danish Pelagic Producers Organisation (Project partner)
  • Marine Ingredients Denmark (Project partner)


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