Marine ecologists are working with fisheries across Europe to further understanding of natural and human influences on decreasing fish populations.
Work has begun in the North East Atlantic, Baltic, North East Atlantic and Iberian Sea area to increase the level of scientific information available to fisheries. This will allow the fishing industry to produce new strategies for providing fish stocks for human consumption. Professor Chris Frid from the University’s School of Biological Sciences has received funding of one million Euros from the EU to carry out the three-year project, in collaboration with research institutes in Portugal, Iceland, the Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Italy, Sweden and Denmark.
Professor Frid said: “In recent years fish stocks have reached unprecedented low levels. While the fishing industry has been keen to identify pollution and global warming as the causes, it is also clear that fishing has removed large numbers of fish and altered the way the ecosystem works. Everybody would like to see the rebuilding of fish stocks and this can only be achieved if we understand all of the influences, human and natural, on fish dynamics.”
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