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AQCESS
Aquaculture and coastal economy and social sustainability

Fishing and aquaculture are important economic activities in the European Union. This project offers a holistic and innovative approach to the questions of social, economic, environmental and ecological sustainability posed by the development of aquaculture and the changing fishery exploitation in coastal areas. It also integrates multi-disciplinary research on the socio-economic, biological/ecological consequences of aquaculture development to reach a conclusion on the effects of stability on the social and biological environment. It is expected to provide information that will be directly used by policy makers. The results will provide recommendations on appropriate strategies for coastal zone management and sustainable utilisation of renewable marine resources. The project involves five EU countries, facilitating comparison of the consequences of aquaculture development under different institutional, social and ecological conditions.

Objectives
Analysis of labour market conditions in five European countries where aquaculture and fisheries co-exist.
Analysis of the impact on the local economy of aquaculture and fisheries.

Results
Description and model of the social and economic value of coastal fisheries and aquaculture in selected European areas.
Information on the diversification of employment in these areas.
Recommended policy and management initiatives.

Classified in CAP AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT, FISHERIES AND AQUACULTURE

Scientist responsible for the project

Mr D.F. HOULIHAN
Tillydrone Avenue
AB24 2TZ Aberdeen
United Kingdom (The) - GB

Phone: +44 1224 272081
Fax: +44 1224 272082
E-mail: d.f.houlihan@abdn.ac.uk

References

Project ID QLRT-1999-31151
Organisation University of Aberdeen, Faculty of Science & Engineering
Area 5.1.2
Start date 01 October 2000
Duration (months) 36
Total cost 2 985 367 €
Total EC contribution   1 800 000 €
Status Unknown

The partners

  • Universidade do Algarve Center for Marine Sciences UCTRA, Portugal - PT
    mtdinis@ualg.pt
  • University of Thessaly Department of Agriculture, Greece - GR
    chneofit@uth.gr
  • Institute of Marine Biology of Crete (IMBC), Greece - GR
    jkarak@imbc.gr
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