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Causes and consequences of changing marine biodiversity a fish and fisheries perspective

Parent project: Marine Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning - EU Network of Excellence, more
Acronym: MarFish
Period: April 2005 till December 2008
Status: Completed

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1. Detect and identify mechanisms of large-scale and long-term change in biodiversity of fish and other exploited species (e. g., scallops, lobsters).
2. Predict consequences of changes in biodiversity of fish and other exploited communities on ecosystem
functioning and human societies.

Description of work
Description of the work divided in tasks (long term approaches) that can be subdivided in deliverables and/or
milestones in subsequent sections.

Task 1. Develop methodologies for measuring and predicting biodiversity changes in fish populations and

Task 2. Develop a meta-database of research surveys for fish abundance/biodiversity estimates.

Task 3. Publish a book for scientific professionals on MARBEF activities in fish biodiversity.

Task 4. Conduct regional activities (e. g., data entry, database preparation, statistical and modelling analyses, write papers) that support the scientific basis for documenting large-scale change in fish biodiversity and effects on ecosystem structure and functioning.

Task 5. Conduct workshops and training courses.
-workshop on “Trajectories of European marine biodiversity”.
-workshop on “Ecosystem functioning relevant to fish biodiversity and fisheries”.
-workshop on “ Comparison of biological and socio-economic drivers of change in fish biodiversity and fisheries”.
-training course on “Methods for describing biodiversity change in fish populations and communities”.

Task 6. Provide advice to international and national agencies and policy-makers (e. g., ICES, EU, EEA) on
topics related to biodiversity of fish and exploited species.

Task 7. Conduct public outreach activities.

Task 8. Coordination and management of project.

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