External Organisations

  • German Federal Research Centre for Fisheries, Germany
  • Marine Research Unit, Marine and Food Technological Centre, Spain
  • Cefas Weymouth Laboratory, United Kingdom
  • University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom
  • Marine Laboratory, United Kingdom
  • Instituto Español de Oceanografía, Spain
  • Aalborg University, Denmark
  • Christian Albrechts University of Kiel, Germany
  • L'Institut Français de Recherche pour l'Exploitation de la Mer, France
  • Institute of Marine Research, Norway
  • Sea Fisheries Institute, Poland
  • Nikolai M. Knipovich Polar Research Institute of Marine Fisheries and Oceanography, Russian Federation
  • Nederlands Instituut voor Visserij Onderzoek b.v., Netherlands
  • University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom
  • University of Bergen, Norway
  • University of Hamburg, Germany

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The UNCOVER project has produced a rational scientific basis for developing Long-Term Management Plans (LTMP) and recovery strategies for 11 of the ecologically and socioeconomically most important fish stocks/fisheries in the Norwegian and Barents Seas, the North Sea, the Baltic Sea and the Bay of Biscay and Iberian Peninsula.

UNCOVER’s objectives were to:

(i) identify changes experienced during stock depletion/collapses,

(ii) to understand prospects for recovery,

(iii) to enhance the scientific understanding of the mechanisms of fish stock/fishery recovery, and

(iv) to formulate recommendations how best to implement LTMPs/recovery plans.

The project recommends that such plans ideally should include:

(i) Consideration of stock-regulating environmental processes,

(ii) Incorporation of fisheries effects on stock structure and reproductive potential,

(iii) Consideration of changes in habitat dynamics due to global change,

(iv) Incorporation of biological and technological multispecies interactions,

(v) Integration of economically optimized harvesting,

(vi) Exploration of the socio-economic implications and political constraints from existing and alternative recovery plans,

(vii) Investigations on the acceptance of plans by stakeholders and specifically incentives for compliance by the fishery,

(viii) Agreements with and among stakeholders.

UNCOVER has provided imperative policy support underpinning the following fundamental areas:

(i) Evolution of the Common Fisheries Policy with respect to several aims of the ‘Green Paper’;

(ii) Contributing to the Marine Strategy Framework Directive with respect to fish stocks/communities;

(iii) achieving Maximum Sustainable Yield (MSY) for depleted fish stocks. This has been done by contributing to LTMPs/recovery plans for fish stocks/fisheries, demonstrating how to shift from scientific advice based on limit reference points towards setting and attaining targets such as MSY, and furthering ecosystem-based management through incorporating multispecies, environmental and habitat, climate variability/change, and human dimensions into these plans.

The project was coordinated by Institut für Ostseefischerei, Bundesforschungsanstalt für Fischerei, Germany.
Effective start/end date01/01/200631/12/2010
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