Project Details


Most of the management plans implemented in the EU before the 2013 reform of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) were based on single-stock considerations and are not designed to deal with mixed fisheries. At time of the project start, regional management plans (such as the multi-annual plan for the North Sea demersal fisheries) were developed, where management rules could explicitly account for mixed fisheries in the setting of annual TACs. However, the exploitation status of data-poor stocks was often unknown, and the evaluations of such management plans have therefore focused mainly on data-rich stocks. When following the management plans in the EU at that time the aim was to include data-poor stocks. Therefore, models and strategies for providing advice needed to be extended to explicitly account for mixed fisheries.

The main aim of the DRUMFISH project was to develop models and strategies for providing advice for mixed fisheries that account for: (i) fishing mortality ranges consistent with MSY, (ii) all fish caught being landed, and (iii) significant components of the marine fish ecosystem lacking key biological information.

In order to meet this aim, DRUMFISH: (i) delivered a review of assessment approaches for data-poor stocks, (ii) extended mixed fisheries simulation frameworks to include data-poor stocks, and (ii) implemented these methods in seven case studies.

National Institute of Aquatic Resources, DTU Aqua
Stichting Dienst Landbouwkundig Ondenoek, The Netherlands (coordinator)
The Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science, UK
Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institut, Germany
lnstitut Francais de Recherche pour l'Exploitation de la Mer, France
Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, Ireland
Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, Spain
Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Italy
Fundacion AZTI - AZTI Fundazioa, Spain
Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, Greece

The project is funded by EASME (European Agency for Small and Medium Enterprises) and European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF). 

Research area: Fisheries Management

Effective start/end date01/01/201601/12/2018


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