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This project is carried out with financial support from the Commission of the European Communities, specific RTD programme “Scientific Support to Policies”, SSP-2005-5A “Integrating and Strengthening the European Research Area”. It does not necessarily reflect its views and in no way anticipates the Commission’s future policy in this area.

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Indicators for fisheries MAnaGement in Europe

Background and objectives

The Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) requires the progressive implementation of an ecosystem-based approach to fisheries management (EBFM). EBFM requires that managers take account of a wide range of fisheries impacts when setting objectives and attempts to meet these objectives will need to be supported by reliable scientific advice and effective management decision making.

The project ‘Indicators for fisheries MAnaGement in Europe’ (IMAGE) seeks:

  • to develop an operational framework of candidate indicators to support ecosystem-based fisheries management,
  • to elaborate these indicators into comprehensive dashboards to support management decision making,
  • to develop methodology to integrate this information into tools supporting the decision making process,
  • to develop a framework that can evaluate management strategies based on indicators, and
  • to test their applicability in regional case studies, taking into account the diversity of the fishery systems in Europe.
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