Myfish


Maximising yield of fisheries while balancing ecosystem, economic and social concerns

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Myfish aims at developing new Maximum Sustainable Yield indicators that can ensure high levels of fishery yield while respecting ecological, economic and social sustainability thus contributing to achieve the Good Environmental Status (GES) foreseen in the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD).

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 Myfish CASE STUDIES

CaseStudy The Myfish project aims to provide an operational framework for the implementation of the Maximum Sustainable Yield (MSY) concept in European waters. As part of the project, a review of existing and proposed MSY variants, constraints and management measures outside EU borders was carried out by Myfish project partners from AquaMarine Advisers (Sweden) and Innovative Fisheries Management (Aalborg University, Denmark). Stakeholders from Australia, Alaska and the Faroe Islands were interviewed to investigate various aspects of sound governance from which the EU can potentially learn.

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Welcome to MYFISH

  

Title Maximising yield of fisheries while balancing ecosystem, economic and social concerns
Programme FP7, Knowledge Based Bio-Economy KBBE
Instrument

Title: Maximising yield of fisheries while balancing ecosystem, economic and social concerns


Programme: FP7, Knowledge Based Bio-Economy KBBE


Instrument: Collaborative project


Duration: March 2012 – February 2016


Coordinator: Danmarks Tekniske Universitet – DTU Aqua (Denmark)


Consortium: 31 partners from 12 countries.


MYFISH aims at developing new Maximum Sustainable Yield indicators that can ensure high levels of fishery yield while respecting ecological, economic and social sustainability thus contributing to achieve the Good Environmental Status (GES) foreseen in the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD).

 

THE CHALLENGE

The idea of managing fisheries to obtain the largest sustainable yield was formalised in the 1950s. It was mainly applied to single species stock without considering the trade-off between yields of different species. Defining Maximum Sustainable Yield (MSY), by taking into account the ecological, economical and social complexity of the fishery EU sector is the current challenge to be addressed to assure an ecosystem based approach to fishery.


PROJECT OBJECTIVE

MYFISH will contribute to the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) by defining management measures.
The concept of MSY will be extended and integrated with the economic and social components of the society.

 

RESULTS

  • Development of new indicators to define MSY merging ecological, economic and social constraints
  • Development of an interactive Decision Support Table helping stakeholder to assess the yield released by moving limiting constraints
  • Definition of long- term operational management plans
  • Transfer of the results and knowledge outputs to the scientific communities and the end-users targeted.

 

flagsThe research leading to these results has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7 /2007-2013) under grant agreement no 289257. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the European Union cannot be held responsible for any use which maybe made of the information contained therein.