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  1. Genetics for traceability in the fisheries sector

    Low-cost catfish fillets sold as expensive sole fillets or cod caught in the North Sea but declared as originating from the Baltic Sea are both examples of types of fraud in the fisheries sector. Molecular methods, such as those based on DNA-technology, m ...

    02 September 2015

  2. Fisheries and Aquaculture

    Our seas, oceans and coasts are important resources for the EU. The livelihoods of many citizens depend on the sea – fisheries of course, but also tourism and trade are key sectors of the EU economy. The EU fishing industry is the fourth largest in the wo ...

    21 August 2014

  3. Reports of the Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries (STECF)- Minimum conservation size for Red Seabream (Pagellus bogaraveo) (STECF-16-09).

    The European Commission may consult the STECF on any matter relating to marine and fisheries biology, fishing gear technology, fisheries economics, fisheries governance, ecosystem effects of fisheries, aquaculture or similar disciplines. This report deals ...

    18 June 2016

  4. Marine sustainability in an age of changing oceans and seas: JRC-EASAC report launch

    25 Jan 2016 The  JRC and the European Academies' Science Advisory Council (EASAC) will hold a launch event of their joint report on Marine sustainability in an age of changing oceans and seas. The report aims at contributing to the governance challen ...

    04 February 2016

  5. New habitat model allows dynamic and smart management of Atlantic bluefin tuna

    26 Feb 2016 A new habitat model, developed by the JRC and partner scientists, detects areas and periods where Atlantic bluefin tuna prefers to feed and spawn. Covering most of the areas where this species lives and the entire area subject to fisheries, th ...

    26 February 2016

  6. Urban food consumption and associated water resources: The example of Dutch cities

    Full self-sufficiency in cities is a major concern. Cities import resources for food, water and energy security. They are however key to global sustainability, as they concentrate a rapidly increasing and urbanising population (or number of consumers). In ...

    27 May 2016

  7. Birds, discards and decision-making

    Fish discards are big news. On average, some 8% (6.8 million tonnes) of the total catch by weight of marine organisms caught by fishing boats worldwide are discarded every year, of which about 1.3 million tonnes are discarded in the fisheries of the north ...

    01 June 2016

  8. New tool to map fishing activities in Europe

    14 Jan 2016 A new tool developed by the JRC provides for the first time detailed maps of high intensity fisheries areas in 2014-2015 in Europe. Thanks to tracking data of fishing vessels, it is possible to derive information about the fishing habits of co ...

    14 January 2016

  9. Reports of the Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries (STECF) – EU MAP and template for National Work Plan (STECF-16-07).

    Commission Decision of 25 February 2016 setting up a Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries, C(2016) 1084, OJ C 74, 26.2.2016, p. 4–10. The Commission may consult the group on any matter relating to marine and fisheries biology, fishin ...

    02 June 2016

  10. Algal bloom and its economic impact

    Harmful algal blooms (HABs) represent a natural phenomena caused by a mass proliferation of phytoplankton (cyanobacteria, diatoms, dinoflagellates) in waterbodies. Blooms can be harmful for the environment, human health and aquatic life due to the product ...

    23 May 2016

  11. Reports of the Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries (STECF) – The application of the landing obligation on the fisheries targeting Venus clams in the Northern Adriatic Sea (STECF-16-06).

    Commission Decision of 25 February 2016 setting up a Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries, C(2016) 1084, OJ C 74, 26.2.2016, p. 4–10. The Commission may consult the group on any matter relating to marine and fisheries biology, fishin ...

    29 May 2016

  12. JRC contributes to 2016 fishing opportunities

    23 Dec 2015 Scientific advice by the Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries (STECF), coordinated by the JRC, has contributed to define 2016 fishing opportunities which were agreed upon by EU ministers last week. STECF advice and calcul ...

    23 December 2015

  13. Training course: Quantitative Fisheries Science using FLR and a4a

    24 Aug 2015 The JRC is organising a training course on modelling in support of quantitative fisheries science and advice.  JRC fisheries modelling experts will introduce about 20 students from all over Europe to the use of the open-source Fisheries Librar ...

    28 August 2015

  14. Deep Sea – Close Kin: A Genetic Approach for Improved Fisheries Management

    Deep-sea fish stocks consist of species that live at depths of greater than 400 metres. While being important for EU fisheries, this natural renewable resource is particularly vulnerable to over-fishing, as many deep sea species are slow-growing and commo ...

    19 June 2016

  15. Sharing knowledge on R&I will boost the potential of the blue economy in the Mediterranean

    20 Nov 2015 The declaration adopted this week by the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM), a partnership of EU28 countries, the European Commission and 15 Mediterranean countries, recognised the potential of the blue economy for a sustainable growth in the M ...

    20 November 2015

  16. The effects of global warming on regional marine productivity

    16 Nov 2015 A recently published JRC article describes the effects of atmospheric forcing changes on the Mediterranean Sea’s primary productivity rate over the coming century. It finds that, although the average overall primary production rate will be alm ...

    16 November 2015

  17. Invasive freshwater species in Europe’s lakes and rivers: how do they come in?

    13 Nov 2015 A JRC-led article has identified escape from aquaculture facilities, releases in the wild due to pet/aquarium trade and stocking activities as the main pathways of alien species introduction in European lakes and rivers. Germany, the UK and It ...

    13 November 2015

  18. Reports of the Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries (STECF) – Monitoring the performance of the Common Fisheries Policy (STECF-16-05) – CORRIGENDUM to STECF-16-03.

    An ad hoc Expert Group on ‘Monitoring the performance of the Common Fisheries Policy’ composed of JRC experts was held on 1-5th February 2016 at JRC, Ispra, Italy. The ad hoc report was finalized and subsequently reviewed by the STECF by written procedure ...

    13 May 2016

  19. Bio-economics, socio-biology and other mixes. The advantage of linking disparate data to gain new insights into the exploitation of marine fish resources.

    Recent and earlier changes in the fisheries management paradigm, forced fisheries scientists to look around for alternative ways of gaining insight into a very complex system, like the exploitation of marine resources by fishing. When leaving the comfort ...

    23 May 2016

  20. Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries (STECF) – Monitoring the performance of the Common Fisheries Policy (STECF-16-03).

    An ad hoc Expert Group on ‘Monitoring the performance of the Common Fisheries Policy’ composed of JRC experts was held on 1-5th February 2016 at JRC, Ispra, Italy. The ad hoc report was finalized and subsequently reviewed by the STECF by written procedure ...

    06 May 2016

  21. Reports of the Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries (STECF) – Merging of the BT1 and BT2 gear categories in the North Sea (STECF-16-02).

    The STECF provided advice in relation to possible merging of the BT1 and BT2 gear categories in the North Sea by written procedure in February 2016. The Commission may consult the STECF on any matter relating to marine and fisheries biology, fishing gear ...

    01 April 2016

  22. Reports of the Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries (STECF) Management measures for sole in area VIIa (STECF-16-04).

    The European Commission may consult the STECF on any matter relating to marine and fisheries biology, fishing gear technology, fisheries economics, fisheries governance, ecosystem effects of fisheries, aquaculture or similar disciplines. This report deals ...

    24 April 2016

  23. Procedures for the reconstruction, primary culture and experimental use of rainbow trout gill epithelia

    This protocol describes how to reconstruct and culture the freshwater rainbow trout gill epithelium on flat permeable membrane supports within cell culture inserts. The protocol describes gill cell isolation, cultured gill epithelium formation, maintenanc ...

    20 March 2016

  24. The European Atlas of the Seas

    The European Atlas of the Seas http://ec.europa.eu/maritimeaffairs/atlas/maritime_atlas/ The JRC maintains and enriches the European Atlas of the Seas with the support of DG MARE. This portal disseminates cartographic information related to EU's coas ...

    15 January 2015

  25. Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries (STECF) – Evaluation of Fisheries Dependent Information (STECF-15-12) Corrigendum.

    The text and tables below should replace the corresponding sections in the Evaluation of Fisheries Dependent Information (STECF 2015. Evaluation of Fisheries Dependent Information (STECF-15-12). Publications Office of the European Union, Luxembourg, EUR 2 ...

    11 March 2016