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CREAM : Coordinating research in support to application of EAF (Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries) and management advice in the Mediterranean and Black Seas


The overexploitation of stocks and impact of fishing on the environment, the increasing number of uses and pressures on aquatic systems, as well as the influence of climate change on the structure and functioning of marine ecosystems and fisheries, calls for more integrated strategies on fisheries and on marine ecosystems management. The project will establish an effective collaboration network among key role players in Mediterranean and Black Sea fisheries research and management. The project seeks to identify the gaps (in terms of data, knowledge, training, coordination) which hamper at present the full application of the Ecosystem Approach in the management of Mediterranean and Black Sea fisheries. The project has a strong training and capacity building component to help harmonize data collection and methodologies used in fisheries assessment and management. The project will serve to establish the guidelines for the application of the Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries in the Mediterranean and Black Sea, both in EU member states and third countries.

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Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Zaragoza, IAMZCIHEAM (Spain)

Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, CSIC (Spain). Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, HCMR (Greece) Consorzio per il Centro Interuniversitario di Biologia Marina ed Ecologia Applicata “G. Bacci”, CIBM (Italy) University of Rome “La Sapienza” (Italy) Institut Français de Recherche et Exploitation de la Mer, IFREMER (France) Institut de Recherche pour le Développement, IRD (France) Instituto Español de Oceanografía, IEO (Spain) National Research Council – Institute for Coastal Marine Environment, CNR-IAMC (Italy) Institut National de Recherche Halieutique, INRH (Morocco) National Institute for Marine Sciences and Technologies, INSTM (Tunisia) Ege University Fisheries Faculty (Turkey) National Institute for Marine Research and Development "Grigore Antipa“, NIMRD (Romania) Institute of Oceanology – BulgarianAcademy of Sciences, IO-BAS (Bulgaria) Federal Research Institute of Fisheries and Oceanography, VNIRO (Russian Federation) Southern Scientific Research Institute of Marine Fisheries and Oceanography, YugNIRO (Ukraine) Alexandria University (Egypt) Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries, IOR (Croatia) American University of Beirut (Lebanon) Ministry for Resources and Rural Affairs (Malta) Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment of Cyprus (Cyprus) Water Ecology and Fisheries Research Institute, WEFRI (Georgia)

Source of funding
FP 7

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ecosystem approach data collection



Climate impacts

Extreme Temperatures


Observations and Scenarios


Marine and Fisheries

Geographic characterization


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