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Fisheries and Aquaculture
Fisheries and Aquaculture - Towards sustainable development of fishing and aquaculture activities
“To improve the scientific basis for fishery management in third country regional seas.”

The problem

The European Union wishes to improve fishery agreements concluded with third countries, particularly developing coastal states, through the concept of partnership agreements. These accords aim to promote responsible and sustainable fishing in the interests of all concerned. This requires that resources and ecosystems are monitored on the basis of the best available information and exploited at levels compatible with their conservation. This also involves developing data and resource management training programmes with third-party coastal states.

ISTAM  Improving fishery data acquisition, management and analysis


ISTAM will work closely with developing coastal states, and in connections with the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and regional organisations, to develop training systems that strengthen the basis for fishery assessment, management and conservation by:

  • Improving the quality and the quantity of data used
    for assessments
  • Enhancing the assessments and interpretation by identifying the most appropriate methods for the information available
  • Improving the quality and availability of
    documented data
  • Identifying and prioritising future needs to improve the quality and the quantity of information that supports fishery management

Contribution to policy development:

  • ISTAM will help the EU and Member States meet their international obligations for sustainable fisheries and environmental protection as set out in the FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fishing and the Johannesburg declaration on sustainable fisheries
  • The training programmes will help provide more robust scientific foundations for fishery agreements that the EU negotiates with third country coastal states

Project deliverables

  • Report: Inventory of data sets and sub-regional information systems – January 2007
  • Report: Review of existing monitoring systems; analysis of data quality and estimates derived from them – July 2007.
  • Software for the joint analysis of exploitation and resource dynamics – July 2008
  • Guidelines for the, design, setting up, use and maintenance of monitoring systems –
    December 2008
  • A complete set of training manuals and materials available on the website – December 2008
  • Final report – December 2008


  • Regularly updated project website and annual newsletter – July 2006
  • Twice-yearly workshops will be throughout the project on data collection, collation, management and analysis; training handbooks will be prepared for wider dissemination

Technical information

Project acronym: ISTAM
Project’s official full title: Improve Scientific and Technical Advice for fisheries Management
Research priority: 1.3. Modernisation and sustainability of fisheries, including aquaculture-based production systems
Specific webpage: Details not yet available
Proposal/contract no: 022774
Start date: 1 January 2006
Kick off meeting: January 2006
Completion date: December 2008
European Commission scientific officer: Jacques Fuchs,

Nicolas Bez,
Name: Institut de Recherche pour le Développement
Abbreviated name: IRD
Address: Observatoires et Systèmes d'Information des Pêches Tropicales
Rue Jean Monnet
34203 Sète Cedex
Country: France
Tel: +33 (0) 4 99 57 32 04
Fax: +33 (0) 4 99 57 32 95


Name: Agrocampus-Rennes
Abbreviated name: Agro-campus
Country: France

Name: Institut Français de Recherche pour l’Exploitation de la Mer
Abbreviated name: IFREMER
Country: France

Name: Instituto Español de Oceanografia
Abbreviated name: IEO
Country: Spain

Name: Institut National de Recherche Halieutique du Maroc
Abbreviated name: INRH
Country: Morocco

Name: Institut Mauritanien de Recherche Océanographiques et de Pêches
Abbreviated name: IMROP
Country: Mauritania

Name: Centre National des Sciences Halieutiques de Boussoura
Abbreviated name: CNSHB
Country: Guinea

Name: Centre for the Economics and Management of Aquatic Resources
Abbreviated name: CEMARE
Country: United Kingdom

Name: Commission Sous Régional des Pêches
Abbreviated name: CSRP
Country: Sénégal

Name: Universidad Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Abbreviated name: ULPGC
Country: Spain

Name: Institut Universitaire de Pêche et d’Aquaculture
Abbreviated name: IUPA
Country: Sénégal

Name: Instituto of Investigação das Pescas e do Mar
Abbreviated name: IPIMAR
Country: Portugal

Name: Institute of Marine Research
Abbreviated name: IMR
Country: Norway