SOCIB present at FishForum 2018

SOCIB has participated in the Forum on Fisheries Science in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea (Fish Forum 2018), held at FAO Headquarters in Rome, 10-14 December 2018.

Presentations from SOCIB included the Oceanographic Turtles as ocean monitoring platforms, operational fisheries oceanography and together with IEO and OGS, SOCIB convenered the workshop: Toward operational fisheries oceanography in the Mediterranean Sea.

The Fish Forum 2018, the first event of its kind in the Mediterranean and Black Sea region, will encompass oceanographic, social science and economic perspectives on fisheries research. It will therefore review leading work that has been carried out, while also addressing the pillars for the development of fisheries science.

The overall goal of the forum is to bring together the wider community of people working on fisheries and the marine environment in the Mediterranean and Black Sea in order to bridge the information gap, discuss advancements in research, integrate scientific knowledge in support of decision-making and identify research priorities for the future.

SOCIB activities at Fish Forum 2018

  • Workshop 5 - Toward operational fisheries oceanography in the Mediterranean Sea: gaps, challenges, opportunities from open access data and integrated tool

The workshop was divided in two sections. During the first section, focused on the integration of environmental variability into fisheries assessment, participants recognized this integration is still unresolved. Chairs presented the bluefin tuna project, a joint research initiative conducted by SOCIB and IEO in the Balearic Islands, as example of success study case. The group discussed how to apply same approaches to other study cases, recognizing the strong potential to improve fisheries assessment conducted in the framework of GFCM. 

The group agreed that the most relevant activity should be focus on linking experts of species ecology, fisheries assessment and operational oceanography to create a multi-disciplinary network that should achieve specific challenges:

  1. Better identification and understanding of the environmental drivers affecting key species ecological processes
  2. Adequate parameterization of the key environmental drivers identified (by definition of appropriate indicators)
  3. Developing best practices for integration those indicators in current assessment models
  4. Fostering capacity building
  5. Identify success study cases and promote new ones.

  • Paralell session 3: Interactions between vulnerable species and human activities. 

David March presented “Oceanographic turtles: Ocean monitoring platforms for conservation and dynamic ocean management

Recent advances in biotelemetry and electronic monitoring systems allow investigating the use of space of marine animals with a high resolution. The combination of in situ observations, remote sensing and numerical models offers an unprecedented opportunity to investigate the interactions between environmental factors, marine animals and human activities.