Knowledge Based Bio-Economy

Symposium of the FP7 MADE project, 15-18 October, France

Join us at the scientific symposium EBFMtuna2012 on ‘Mitigating impacts of fishing on pelagic ecosystems: towards ecosystem-based management of tuna fisheries’, from Monday 15 to Thursday 18 October in Montpellier, France.

The symposium is convened to present the most recent findings and provide a platform to exchange ideas and investigate optimal approaches to mitigate impacts and ensure sustainability of tuna fisheries. We welcome participation from scientists, stakeholders and policy makers from all oceans.

Around 70 oral presentations of results from novel research as well as recently published findings, updated reviews and syntheses, practical approaches to mitigation and management considerations have been distributed among seven thematic sessions:

  • Biodiversity and bycatch
  • Fish associated with FADs: biology and behavior
  • Biology and ecology of pelagic sharks
  • Fishery impacts
  • Time-area closures to mitigate bycatch
  • Mitigation techniques in longline fisheries
  • Mitigation techniques in purse seine fisheries

Please find here a draft book of abstracts including the detailed programme .

If you are interested in participating, please register on

This symposium is co-funded by

  • The EU funded MADE project, Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013), under grant agreement n° 210496,
  • The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation,
  • The French Region Languedoc-Roussillon
  • The Institute of Research for Development , IRD, Institut de Recherche pour le Développement,

Following the symposium, ISSF will host on Friday 19 October a workshop on “How can scientists and stakeholders work together to foster the development of methods and tools to monitor and reduce the ecological impacts of purse seine fishing” where skippers and scientists will interact and discuss bycatch reduction methods in the tuna purse seine floating object fishery.

Both the symposium and skippers' workshop will be held at the Aquarium Mare Nostrum in Montpellier, located in the South of France.