FP7 research projects improve the scientific and technical basis of fisheries management. They help to promote greater sustainability of marine resources while safeguarding consumer health.
Ecosystem-based approach to fisheries management
An in-depth understanding of the functioning of marine ecosystems, the interaction between fisheries and the environment and between fisheries and other marine sectors is a key area of research. It supports the implementation of an ecosystem-based approach to fisheries management.
Socio-economic dimensions of EU fisheries
Investigating the social and economic dimensions of EU fisheries activities is another critical objective of current research that takes into account employment, market and cultural factors relating to fisheries e.g. management options for locally dependent fisheries (small-scale and coastal fisheries).
Common Fisheries Policy and Integrated Maritime Policy governance
Examining new governance mechanisms within the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) are part of KBBE research efforts. These include co-management, regional-based management or results-based management. The better inclusion of fisheries into the framework of the EU Integrated Maritime Policy (IMP) is another important aspect. Research on these topics will help progress towards more sustainable activities, while taking into account balanced ecological, economic, and social objectives.
Fisheries research projects also have potential links with FP7 Theme 6 ‘Environment including climate change’, more specifically with the activity focusing on the management of marine ecosystems.