Project Details


SEAwise will address the key challenge preventing implementation of a fully operational European Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management: the need to increase fisheries benefits while reducing ecosystem impact under environmental change and increasing competition for space.

The SEAwise network of stakeholders, advisory bodies and scientists will co-design key priorities and approaches to provide an open knowledge base on European Social-Ecological Fisheries Systems.

SEAwise will innovate the prediction of social indicators of small-scale fisheries, coastal communities, carbon footprint and human health benefits. Using these indicators in fisheries models will help give advice on economically effective and socially acceptable governance under climate change, productivity changes, and the landing obligation.

SEAwise will link the first ecosystem-scale assessment of maritime activities’ impacts on habitats with the fish stocks they support. Using ecosystem effects on fishing, including environmental metrics, density dependence, predation, stock health indicators and habitat extent will improve stock productivity predictions. Estimating effects of fishing on sensitive species, benthic habitats, food webs, biodiversity and litter allows evaluation of the mutual consistency of objectives for ecological and social systems. Multispecies-multifleet models will provide ecosystem forecasts of the effect of fisheries management measures.

SEAwise will identify the simplest possible combination of management measures and investigate portfolio diversification as an approach for managing ecosystem resilience and climate adaptation. SEAwise tools and courses for ICES, GFCM, stakeholders and decision makers will ensure that these methods can be used directly in Mediterranean, western European, North Sea and Baltic Sea waters. The predictions will inform an online advice tool highlighting stock- and fisheries-specific social and ecological effects and management trade-offs.


National Institute of Aquatic Resources, DTU Aqua (coordinator)
Institut Français de Recherche pour l’Exploitation de la Mer (Ifremer), France
Queens University, Belfast, Northern Ireland
AZTI, Spain
Marine Institute, Ireland
COISPA Tecnologia & Ricerca, Italy
Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, Greece
Thünen Institut für Seefischerei (TI-SF), Germany
Research Institute for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (EV-ILVO), Belgium
Stichting Wageningen Research, Netherlands
Mindfully Wired Communications, UK
International Council for the Exploration of the Sea, International
University of St Andrews, UK
The Centre for Environment Fisheries and Aquaculture Science, UK
Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Germany
Centre for Blue Governance, Aalborg University, Denmark
Αthena Research and Innovation Centre, Greece
The Université de Bretagne Occidentale, France
Institut National d'Enseignement Superieur pour l'Agriculture, l’Alimentaion et l'Environnement, France
University of Tartu, Estonia
Institute of Food Safety, Animal Health and Environment, Latvia
University of Strathclyde, UK
Spanish Fishing Confederation/Confederación Española de Pesca,  Spain
Dipartimento di Elettronica, Informazione e Bioingegneria, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Wageningen University, Netherlands

The project is funded by EU H2020.

Research area: Ecosystem based Marine Management
Research area: Marine Populations and Ecosystem Dynamics
Research area: Fisheries Management
Research area: Marine Living Resources
Effective start/end date01/10/202101/10/2025


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