The PANDORA Project
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:
- Improve fish stock assessments by including existing and new biological data,
- develop recommendations for the short- and long-term sustainable management of the EU's fleets, and
- create a public, internet-based tool box (PANDORA's Box of Tools) with stock and economic models as well as training courses and manuals for a variety of stakeholders and practitioners.