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Interaction in coastal waters: A roadmap to sustainable integration of aquaculture and fisheries

Funder identifier: 245178 (Other contract id)
Acronym: COEXIST
Period: April 2010 till April 2013
Status: Completed

Thesaurus terms: Aquaculture; Baltic Sea; Baltic sea; Fisheries; Knowledge management
Geographical terms: ANE, Norway, Hardangerfjord [Marine Regions]; ANE, Portugal, Algarve [Marine Regions]; Europe [Marine Regions]

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Europe’s coastal zones are of great socio-economic value. Population densities are high and coastal zones constitute prime space for development of a range of different activities. They provide a vast supply of food, energy resources, and natural products, and they represent a fertile space for recreation and tourism. The dynamic processes that occur within the coastal zones produce diverse and productive ecosystems which have been of great importance historically for human populations.

However, many of Europe's coastal zones are facing the challenge to balance competing activities with environmental protection, and are a source of potential conflict for space allocation. Stakeholder groups are diverse and extend to fisheries, aquaculture, tourism, wind farms, marine protected areas, and many more.

The sustainable development of small scale coastal fisheries and aquaculture rely on the availability and accessibility of appropriate sites. As competitive forces accumulate, improved management tools are now required in order to support evidenced-based policies for space allocation along the entire European coastline.

The new COEXIST project supported by the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) will address the sustainable use of Europe’s seas and oceans and a roadmap for integration of aquaculture and fisheries in the coastal zone will be published. With the participation of 13 institutions from 10 European countries, the partnership will provide ecosystem modelling tools to support decision-makers on maritime matters when it comes to managing our maritime space. Several case studies will be undertaken in separate maritime regions, demonstrating conditions and combinations of activities of European coastal areas of particular importance for aquaculture and coastal fisheries.

COEXIST will characterize the relevant European coastal marine ecosystems and their current utilisation, and evaluate spatial management tools for combining coastal fisheries, aquaculture and other uses, both now and in the future.

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