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MERAMED
Development of monitoring guidelines and modelling tools for environmental effects from Mediterranean aquaculture

The project will address section 5.1.2 of the work programme, focusing on methods and strategies to assess the effects of interactions between the environment and aquaculture, on the influence on faunal distributions and on the interactions between wild and farmed organisms in the Mediterranean.

Objectives
The objectives of this project are:
1) to undertake a review of procedures used in the regulation and monitoring of mariculture in Norway, Scotland and elsewhere, which will be used as the basis for creating an appropriate set of protocols, monitoring systems and techniques for the control of mariculture in the Mediterranean
2) to carry out a field research programme to provide appropriate data on the environmental impact of marine cage fish farms in a range of conditions in the eastern Mediterranean
3) to develop a predictive model to simulate the environmental response to differing stocking levels and feeding regimes. This will be designed as a management tool for industry and the regulatory authorities.

Progress to Date
All fieldwork has been completed and the samples analysed.

Results
A review of the regulations governing fish cage farms and the environmental monitoring required in Norway, Scotland and elsewhere.
A predictive model of cage farm effects.

Classified in FISHERIES AND AQUACULTURE, QUANTITATIVE APPROACHES AND MODELLING

Scientist responsible for the project

Dr JOS KØGELER
Polar Environmental Centre
9296 Tromsoe
Norway - NO

Phone: +47 7750300
Fax: +47 77750301
E-mail: jos.kogeler@akvaplan.niva.no

References

Project ID QLRT-1999-31779
Organisation Akvaplan-niva AS
Area 5.1.2
Start date 01 December 2000
Duration (months) 36
Total cost 2 135 462 €
Total EC contribution   870 000 €
Status Ongoing
Web address of the project   http://www.meramed.com

The partners

  • Dunstaffnage Marine Laboratory, United Kingdom (The) - GB
    kbl@dml.ac.uk
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