Sept. 22, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- The
European Union (EU) has awarded the EcoScope consortium
nearly €8 million to promote an effective and efficient
ecosystem-based approach to fisheries management.
The four-year project addresses ecosystem degradation and
anthropogenic impact that cause fisheries to be unsustainably
exploited in several European seas. EcoScope promotes efficient,
holistic, sustainable, ecocentric fisheries management that will
help toward restoring fisheries' sustainability and ensure a
balance between food security and healthy seas.
EcoScope will develop several tools, available through a single
public portal, to promote an efficient, ecosystem-based approach to
the management of fisheries and achieve maximum and continuous
participation of stakeholders. These tools include:
- Interoperable platform
- Robust decision-making toolbox
- Online courses
- Mobile application
"EcoScope applies novel assessment methods for data-poor
fisheries and marine ecosystems and sophisticated ecosystem models
that will be used to examine and develop fisheries management and
marine policy scenarios, as well as maritime spatial planning
simulations," said the coordinator of the EcoScope Project,
Associate Professor Athanassios C. Tsikliras of the
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. "This will include an assessment
of the status of all ecosystem components across European seas and
will test new technologies for evaluating the environmental,
anthropogenic and climatic impact on ecosystems and fisheries".
Tsikliras added that existing fisheries management practices
have not always been successful in sustainably exploiting fish
stocks, because of weaknesses in management approaches, improper
implementation and illegal fishing. EcoScope offers a holistic
approach to managing fisheries within the ecosystem context that
will support policy makers, advisory bodies and researchers.
The consortium, which received funding through the EU Horizon
2020 Research and Innovation Programme, is comprised of 24 partners
from Greece, Bulgaria, Germany, Canada, Israel, the
France, Belgium, the UK, Portugal, Italy, the
Norway, Switzerland and Cyprus.
The EcoScope Project will hold its opening conference in
Thessaloniki, Greece on
September 28-30, 2021.
EcoScope is an EU-funded project that aims to promote an
effective and efficient ecosystem-based approach to fisheries
EcoScope addresses ecosystem degradation and anthropogenic
impact that cause fisheries to be unsustainably exploited in
For more information https://ecoscopium.eu/
Assoc. Prof. Athanassios C.
Tel: +30 2310 998391
Mobile: +30 6932 609539