SP2 - Technologies for Sustainable Fishing

The subproject 2 Technologies for sustainable fisheries is carrying out the planned activities. Currently the project is divided into five work packages, integrated each other, with the general objectives of improving the knowledge of the dynamics of marine fishery resources, in relation to environmental drivers and to anthropogenic impacts, to ensure a sustainable management of fisheries and aquaculture from ecological, economic and social development point of view.

Specifically it is the WP1 - Tools for the implementation of ecosystem approach to fisheries and sustainable aquaculture, divided into 4 tasks and 23 Units; WP2 - Ecosystem approach to the evaluation and use of fishing resources, divided into 4 tasks and 24 operating units, the WP3 - Sustainable Fishing, divided into 4 tasks and 7 operating units, WP4 - Innovative aspects for sustainable aquaculture, divided into 4 tasks and 16 Units and WP5 - Development of equipment and fishing strategies, it is divided into four actions and 8 Units.

The project brought together the various competences distributed between the various institutions involved in marine sciences in an interdisciplinary way to address the challenges that the sustainable use of marine biological resources poses to contemporary society. The project activities integrate applied sciences and technological innovation to modernize fisheries and aquaculture in Italy and in the whole Mediterranean. These activities range from the introduction of innovative systems for fish stock monitoring, to modeling, at different levels of complexity, the dynamics of the stocks targeted by fisheries, form the introduction of innovation on fishing vessels to improve energy efficiency and conservation of fisheries to experimentation of more selective fishing gear to reduce unwanted catches and their impact on the ecosystem, from the introduction of integrated multi-trophic aquaculture to formulating new feeds for farmed species. Most of the objectives of the project have already been achieved, as evidenced by the publication of more than 60 scientific papers on SP2 topics, directly supported by RITMARE.