Marine Protected Areas
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Wednesday, 26 January 2022
Participant # 3 Institut de Ciències del Mar (ICM) Print E-mail

Institut de Ciències del Mar, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (ICM-CSIC)

 Scientists: Dr. Francesc MAYNOU: bio-economic fisheries modelling

                 Dr. Paloma MARTÍN: fisheries research, data analysis

                 Dr. Ana SABATÉS: ichthyoplankton ecology

                 Dr. Montse DEMESTRE: fisheries research, imapct and conservation

                 Dr. Pilar SÁNCHEZ: fisheries research, imapct and conservation

                 Dr. Vanessa STELZENMÜllER: fisheries spatial modelling

                 Gorka MERINO: bio-economic fisheries modelling

                 Nicolas PASCAL: bio-economic fisheries modelling


Specific skills:    The team involved belong to the Institut de Ciències del Mar (ICM), an Institute belonging to the Spanish Council for Scientific Research (CSIC), is a multidisciplinary centre for the study of the seas and oceans and is involved in research in Mediterranean, Atlantic, Pacific, and Antarctic areas. The research objectives of the Institute, relevant to the EMPAFISH project, are ecology of demersal communities, ichthyoplankton studies and environmental impact of fisheries. The team has wide experience in marine ecology and fisheries research. One of the team members (Dr. Francesc Maynou) is co-ordinating a EU project on Bio-economic fisheries modelling (BEMMFISH, see below). Two of the team members (Drs. Paloma Martín and Ana Sabatés) are currently participating in the BIOMEX project (see below). Dr. Montse Demestre co-ordinates the EU project RESPONSE, on the response of benthic organisms to trawl disturbance. The team will contribute its expertise to the domains of biomass export, egg and larval export; analysis of fisheries data (catches and yields), impact of trawl fishing on protected areas, bio-economic modelling and analysis of socio-economic data for the case study selected.

 Role in the project: Co-ordinator of WP5; participating in WPs 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6; supplying data from case studies #1, 2, 7, 8 and 9

 Track record on MPAs and/or fisheries (max. 5 works): 

Lleonart, J., F. Maynou, L. Recasens and R. Franquesa (2003) A bioeconomic model for Mediterranean Fisheries, the hake off Catalonia (Western Mediterranean) as a case study. Scientia Marina 67 (suppl. 1) 337-351. In: Fisheries stock assessments and predictions: Integrating relevant knowledge, Ø. Ulltang, G. Blom [eds.]

Maynou, F., J. Lleonart and J.E. Cartes (2003) Seasonal and spatial variability of hake (Merluccius merluccius, L.) recruitment in the NW Mediterranean. Fisheries Research 60(1): 65-78

Sánchez, P., Demestre, M. and Martín, P. (2003) Characterization of the discards generated by bottom trawling in the Northwestern Mediterranean. Fish. Res., Ref. FISH 1049, in press.

Sabatés, A. and M. P. Olivar (1996) Variation of larval fish distributions associated with variability in the location of a shelf-slope front. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 135: 11-20

Sabatés, A., M. Zabala and A. García-Rubies (2003) Larval fish communities in the Medes Islands Marine Reserve (North-west Mediterranean). Journal Plankton Research 25: 1035-1046.


EC projects:  BEMMFISH, Q5RS-CT-2001-01533, ICM: co-ordinator

BIOMEX, Q5RS-CT-2002-00891, partner

RESPONSE, Q5RS-CT-2002-00787, co-ordinator

FIGIS, partner

LLUCET, ICM: co-ordinator

EDFAM, QLK5-CT-1999-01272, partner

Estimation of trawl discards in the western Mediterranean. European hake (Merluccius merluccius) as case study (DG FISH Study 00/009), ICM: co-ordinator

Fisheries research in the western Mediterranean – Interdisciplinary approach. (DG FISH 94/010), partner




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Sixth Framework Programme