Project Details


The overall aim of the IN EX FISH project is to increase the responsiveness of fisheries management to a range of anthropogenic and non-anthropogenic forcing factors. This will be achieved through a systematic review of the factors influencing fish stock dynamics in European Seas and by developing a suite of management tools. These management tools will use robust metrics of ecosystem state, and will provide varied management responses depending on the ecosystem state compared to a historic reference condition. The framework will be developed specifically to be integrated into European fishery management processes and will be based on the geographical areas defined by the regional advisory councils (RACs).

A holistic ecosystem approach will be used to assess the effects of anthropogenic and non-anthropogenic factors on the main functions of the biological cycle of exploited fish species and the ecosystem that supports them. The IN EX FISH project recognizes that humans are part of the marine ecosystem and that some are dependent upon it for their livelihoods. The project will validate its management recommendations through consultation with stakeholder groups and incorporate their feedback into the project outputs.

The IN EX FISH project has four specific and verifiable scientific and technical objectives. These are
1. To provide a state of the art review of the impact of anthropogenic and non-anthropogenic factors on the dynamics of fish stocks.
2. To develop a framework for the systematic evaluation of the impact of anthropogenic and non-anthropogenic factors on the dynamics of exploited fish species.
3. To develop criteria for the selection of appropriate metrics, to review available metrics of ecosystem status, to select those that match the criteria and establish reference levels in four geographic regions for these metrics.
4. To incorporate IN EX FISH knowledge of anthropogenic and non-anthropogenic effects into fisheries management.

The project is coordinated by School of Biological Science, University of Liverpool, UK.

Research area: Ecosystem Based Marine Management
Effective start/end date01/01/200631/12/2008

Collaborative partners

  • Technical University of Denmark (lead)
  • Stockholm University (Project partner)
  • Marine Research Institute Reykjavik (Project partner)
  • Wageningen University & Research (Project partner)
  • Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf (Project partner)
  • Sea Fisheries Institute (Project partner)
  • University of Liverpool (Project partner)
  • University of Bari (Project partner)
  • The Portuguese Institute for Sea and Atmosphere (Project partner)


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