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FP7 progetto BENTHIS

Programme: FP7- Collaborative project

Project title: Benthic ecosystem fisheries Impact Study

Acronym: BENTHIS

Duration: 10/10/2012 – 30/09/2017

EU contribution: EUR 5.994.250

ISMAR budget: EUR 436.058

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Benthic ecosystems provide important goods and services, such as fisheries products and supporting, regulation and cultural services. There is serious concern about the adverse impact of fisheries on benthic ecosystem which may negatively affect the fisheries yield and integrity of the sea bed. To develop an integrated approach to the management of human activities in the marine environment, in particular fishing, there is a need to develop quantitative tools to assess the impact of fisheries on the benthic ecosystem and at the same time collaborate with the fishing industry to develop innovative technologies and new management approaches to reduce the

impact on benthic ecosystems. BENTHIS will provide the knowledge to further develop the ecosystem approach to fisheries management as required in the Common Fisheries Policy and the Marine Strategy Framework Directive. It will study the diversity of benthic ecosystem in European waters and the role of benthic species in

the ecosystem functioning. Fisheries impacts will be studied on benthic organisms and on the geo-chemistry. The newly acquired knowledge will be synthesized in a number of generic tools that will be combined into a fishing/seabed habitat risk assessment method that will be applied to fisheries in the Baltic, North Sea, Western waters, Mediterranean and Black Sea. Fisheries will be selected with the fishing industry based on the impact on the benthic ecosystem. BENTHIS will integrate fishing industry partners to collaborate in testing the performance of innovative technologies to reduce fishing impact. Finally, in collaboration with the fishing industry and other stakeholders, new management approaches will be developed and tested on their effects on the ecosystem and the socio-economic consequences. As such BENTHIS will the urgently needed scientific basis to integrate the role of marine benthic ecosystems in fisheries management.

Contact person in ISMAR:


  1. DLO (IMARES/LEI),Stichting Dienst Landbouwkundig Onderzoek, (Netherlands)
  2. ILVO, Vlaams Gewest, (Belgium)
  3. DEFRA-CEFAS, The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, (United Kingdom)
  4. BU, Bangor University, (United Kingdom)
  5. UABDN, The University Court of the University of Aberdeen, (United Kingdom)
  6. MarLab, The Scottish Ministers acting through Marine Scotland, (United Kingdom)
  7. IFREMER, Institut Francais de Recherche pour l’Exploration de la Mer, (France)
  8. MI, Marine Institute, (Ireland)
  9. DTU-Aqua, Danmarks Tekniske Universitet, (Denmark)
  10. AU-Bioscience, Aarhus Universitet, (Denmark)
  11. UCPH, Københavns Universitet, (Denmark)
  12. SLU, Sveriges Lantbruksuniversitet, (Sweden)
  13. IMR Havforskningsinstitutet, (Norway)
  14. CNR, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, (Italy)
  15. HCMR, Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, (Greece)
  16. CFRI, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, (Turkey)
  17. SME01          SP/F Syntesa (Faroe Islands)
  18. SME02          VG86 Atlas   (Sweden)
  19. SME03          Hans Jørgen Hansen & Dan Hansen (Denmark)
  20. SME04          Wittrup Seafood A/S (Denmark)
  21. SME05          Gi-Bri A/S (Denmark)
  22. SME06          Marine Monitoring vid Kristineberg AB  (Sweden)
  23. SME07          Anton Dekker Beheer BV  the (Netherlands)
  24. SME08          C.W. Nagel   the (Netherlands)
  25. SME09          copropriété TREGUIER (France)
  26. SME10          Didelot Yann            (France)
  27. SME11          Brannelec     (France)
  28. SME12          Technopesca (Italy)
  29. SME13          Officina Meccanica Grilli di Grilli Roberto & C. s.a.s.  (Italy)
  30. SME14          Mori Carlo s.r.l.         (Italy)
  31. SME15          Kemal Malkoc          (Turkey)
  32. SME16          Mustafa Sadiklar     (Turkey)
  33. SME17          Vof. Pesce 43          (Netherlands)
  34. OMU            Ondokuz Mayıs University  (Turkey).
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