PANDORA in a nutshell
The Blue Growth of European fisheries is at risk.
Risks in European fisheries emerge due to over-exploitation, unforeseen changes in stock productivity, loss of markets for capture fisheries due to aquaculture, future trade agreements opening European markets to external fleets, and fluctuations in the price of oil and other business costs. All of these risks need to be considered when providing advice needed to sustainably maximize profits for the diverse array of fisheries operating in European waters and to help safeguard the benefits this sector provides to the social coherence of local, coastal communities.
To address the above-mentioned risks is the fisheries sector, improve stock assessments, and contribute to the short- and long-term sustainability of Europe's fisheries, PANDORA aims to:
- Create more realistic assessments and projections of changes in fisheries resources by utilizing new biological knowledge including, for the first time, proprietary data sampled by pelagic fishers.
- Advice on how to secure long-term sustainability of EU fish stocks and elucidate tradeoffs between profitability and number of jobs in their fisheries fleets. Provide recommendations on how to stabilize the long-term profitability of European fisheries.
- Develop a public, internet-based resource tool box (PANDORAs Box of Tools), including assessment modelling and stock projections code, economic models, and region- and species-specific decision support tools; increase ownership and contribution opportunities of the industry to the fish stock assessment process through involvement in data sampling and training in data collection, processing and ecosystem-based fisheries management.
Combining the efforts of 25 partners from universities, national laboratories, industry and advisory bodies, this project will create new biological knowledge, new collaborative networks and new mechanisms to ensure relevance, utility and impact.
Who will benefit from PANDORA?
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