What is CoralFISH?

CoralFISH is assessing the interaction between cold water corals, fish and fisheries, in order to develop monitoring and predictive modelling tools for ecosystem based management in the deep waters of Europe and beyond.

Background

In 2006, the UN General Assembly Resolution (61/105) called upon fisheries management organisations worldwide to:
i) assess the impact of bottom fishing on vulnerable marine ecosystems;
ii) identify/map vulnerable ecosystems through improved scientific research/data collection;
iii) close such areas to bottom fishing unless conservation and management measures were established to prevent their degradation.

In European deep waters there is also a need to establish monitoring tools to evaluate the effectiveness of closed areas for the conservation of biodiversity and fish and their impact on fisheries. Two FP6 projects (PROTECT & HERMES) have already identified the need for information concerning the interaction between fish and cold water coral habitats.

CoralFISH brings together a unique consortium of deep-sea fisheries biologists, ecosystem researchers/modellers, oceanographers, economists and a fishing industry SME, who are collaborating to collect data from key European marine eco-regions. The consortium numbers 17 partners from 11 countries.


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This project is funded by the European Commission under the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7)
Theme 6: Environment; Activity 6.2: Sustainable Management of Resources
Grant agreement no.: 213144

 

Latest News
EU Commissioner Geoghegan-Quinn launches €8 billion FP7 research call. More here.
CoralFISH will have a display at the European Commission's 'Research in Action' exhibition in Dublin, July 9th-20th, showcasing EU-funded Research in Ireland.
CoralFISH will be involved in the Volvo Ocean Race Grand Finale in Galway June 30th - July 8th. More information available here
Registration and abstract submission for the joint CoralFISH/Deepfishman conference in August "The scientific basis for ecosystem based resource management and monitoring in the deep-waters of the Mediterranean & North Atlantic" is open here.
Issue 6 (March 2012) of the CoralFISH newsletter is now available here.
Issue 5 (October 2011) of the CoralFISH newsletter is now available here.
CoralFISH researchers were at sea in Autumn 2011 on the Pourquoi Pas? Their cruise blog is a good read, even now they're back on land.
NIOZ are organising the 5th International Deepsea Coral Symposium, to be held in Spring 2012. (More)
A workshop on coral identification will be held as part of the syposium and registration is now open (More).
CoralFISH researchers were involved in the "International Earth system expert workshop on ocean stresses and impacts" earlier this year. The summary report from the workshop is now available here.
BBC website features work by CoralFISH's Chris Yesson and Alex Rogers on global seamounts.
Issue 4 (February 2011) of the CoralFISH newsletter is now available here.
Some recent work by CoralFISH researcher Andre Freiwald & his team features in the latest edition of Ireland's Science Spin magazine p3. (More)
CoralFISH partners ZSL hosted a symposium "Marine Protected Areas on the high seas" in Feb 2011 (more)
Issue 3 of the CoralFISH newsletter is now available here.
CoralFISH were represented at EurOCEAN 2010 (Ostend, 12-13 October 2010). (more)
The World Conference on Marine Biodiversity was hosted by CoralFISH partners, the University of Aberdeen, Sept 2011.
Issue 2 of the CoralFISH Newsletter is available to download now from here
CoralFISH team in the Azores get ready to sail (More)
SEAMBOR report released. (Marine Board-ESF Position Paper 14) (More)
CoralFISH scientists will be aboard an ECOMAR cruise departing St John's in Canada on 26th May. Follow their cruise here
CoNISMa are running a course in meta-analysis in ecology in December. More info.
A joint ESF/ICES/EFARO foresight report entitled: "Science dimensions of Ecosystem Approach to Management of Biotic Ocean Resources" will be published shortly.(more)
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