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The Marine Institute is the national agency for marine R&D in Ireland. It has a broad marine remit and is engaged in R&D in marine transport, oceanography, fisheries, aquaculture, environment, research, climate change and seabed mapping. Fisheries Science Services (FSS) research, assess and advise on the sustainable exploitation of the marine fisheries resources in the waters around Ireland. International fishing fleets operating here land around 1.5 mT of fish annually. FSS, working with its international partners, conduct a broad range of scientific projects. E.g. EFIMAS (FP6), EASE (FP6), WESTHER (FP6), MEFEPO (FP7), DeepFishMan (FP7), Beaufort EAFM project (MI/National funding).

Contribution to the project: Marine Institute, Ireland will lead WP 1 and contribute to the Western waters and Widely Ranging Regions. In the Western Waters, MI will work on Celtic Sea herring and lead the Irish Sea Elasmobranch study. In the Widely Ranging Fish Region, MI will work together with the other partners on the development of GES indicators for pelagic fish stocks.

Description of PIs involved in the project:

  • Prof. David Reid – PI Beaufort Marine Award on the EAFM. Prof. Reid has worked for over 20 years in fisheries management, initially at FRS in Aberdeen, Scotland, and now at MI. His areas of expertise include; Fisheries; sustainability, fishing capacity and effort, research vessel surveys, industry collaboration, and the EAFM. He was on ACFM (2004-2006), and now chairs WG on Ecosystem Effects of Fisheries in ICES. He has been involved in 16 EU funded projects, in two cases as coordinator, and has an extensive publication record. He is Adjunct Professor in the Department of Zoology, Ecology and Plant Science, University College Cork, Ireland. ´
  • Dr Ciaran Kelly – Team Leader Pelagic Fisheries. Dr Kelly specializes in fishery stock assessment and management strategy evaluation at MI. He is the chair of ICES Workshop on Implementing the FMSY Framework (WKFRAME).He is co-presenter of the ICES training course on “Stock assessment and fisheries advice for stakeholders, NGOs and policy-makers”. He has over 20 peer reviewed publications.
  • Dr. Maurice Clarke – Team Leader Pelagic Fisheries. Dr. Clarke has worked in fisheries research since 1996. His research interests include biology of sharks, herring and tunas, stock assessment, Management Strategy Evaluation and collaborative science-industry partnerships. He is currently co-chair of the ICES Herring Assessment WG, and former chair of the ICES WG on Elasmobranch Fishes. He has been a member of STECF and is a member of ICES ACOM. A particular focus has been the development and simulation, along with stakeholder participation, of management plans for western horse mackerel, Celtic Sea herring and Irish Sea rays.
  • Dr Sarah Kraak – Senior Postdoctoral Fisheries Researcher. Dr. Kraak trained in evolutionary and behavioural biology, and switched to fisheries science in 2002, initially at IMARES, NL, and since 2008 at MI. She specializes in mixed fisheries, management strategy evaluation, fisheries induced evolutionary change, and human pro-social behaviour in the context of compliance to fisheries management regulations. She has been a member of STECF since 2007 and of the editorial board of the ICES JMS. She has participated in numerous research projects and has an extensive publication record.

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.