We started our new research project SEINE-ETP “Assessment of potential interactions between the purse SEINErs fishery of Castellón and Endangered, Threatened, Protected species” with some field work in the purse seine fleet.
The first meeting of the Spanish project ProOceans was organized in San Pedro del Pinatar (in Murcia), in front of the fascinating Mar Menor.
We reviewed the first activities of the project and came up with a good plan for the second year. Many interesting studies will come up!
From the 16th to the 20th of May 2022 the first author meeting of the Nexus Assessment, the thematic assessment of the interlinkages among biodiversity, water, food and health (nexus assessments) of IPBES (Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, https://ipbes.net/), was held in Frankfurt, Germany.
More than 150 leading international experts, from every region of the world, are contributing as authors to the assessment. They met for the first time during five intense days to achieve an agreement on the content that the assessment will hold, and on the working process to achieve the final goal in 2024.
The Nexus Assessment will examine the interlinkages among the sustainable development goals related to food and water security, health for all, protecting biodiversity on land and in the oceans and combating climate change.
The researcher Marta Coll, from the Department of Marine Renewal Resources of the Institute of Marine Sciences (ICM-CSIC), is one of the three Spanish experts participating in the Nexus Assessment as a lead author of Chapter 4 about sustainable futures.
Dr. Coll states the importance of this assessment: “This is a challenging and very timely process, where we will analyse scientific evidence and local ecological knowledge to synthesise the essential links that are established between key ecological and socioeconomic processes to inform local, regional and international policy and management in the need to ensure a sustainable and livable planet for the future”.
The participation of Dr. Coll to this initiative is funded by the Spanish project ProOceans (RETOS-PID2020-118097RB-I00).
Under our Spanish Project ProOceans “Fostering the capacity of marine ecosystem models to PROject the cumulative effects of global change and plausible future OCEANS” we have organized a 2-day workshop to discuss modelling techniques available, their capabilities and challenges to model the global ocean.
We have discussed about marine ecosystem models, spatial statistical models, Bayesian/Frequentist approach, input data and model construction, outputs, other statistical and non-statistical models, multivariate, time Series, machine learning and computational models (AI).
We organized a joint lab meeting with Villy Christensen group at University of British Columbia, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries. We discussed students and postdoc projects and found common challenges and issues to deal with ecological modelling techniques. A very inspiring session! Let’s hope that next time it can be an “in person” meeting.
Our Spanish project ProOceans “Fostering the capacity of marine ecosystem models to PROject the cumulative effects of global change and plausible future OCEANS” starts with a kickoff meeting with all partners.
We have three very interesting years ahead of us to learn about MEMs, statistical models and how to improve our capacity to project changes in marine ecosystems.
We presented the results of 4 years of projects on small pelagic fish at the first SIMERPE – Iberian Symposium on Modeling and Assessment of Fishery Resources (“Simposio Ibérico de Modelado y Evaluación de Recursos Pesqueros”)
We are very grateful for this opportunity, full of interesting discussions about achievements and challenges to evaluate marine resources and ecosystems and move towards the sustainability of the social-ecological system.
Our projects about small pelagic fish have produced very interesting results during the last 4 years.
We have summarized them in three infographics (made by Amparo Hidalgo):
You can download them from here
We presented them last week at the University of Girona during a very informative workshop organized by Jordi Viñas and Marta Muñoz about the state of European Sardine.
Today our PELWEB project formally arrives to an end.
The amazing team of PELWEB was worked a lot during three years and a half to advance on our understanding of the Mediterranean pelagic ecosystem and, particularly, on anchovy and sardine dynamics.
We just published an outreach text about important outcomes in The Conversation, check it out!
And an online seminar about some of the outcomes is also available as part of the Seamposium series.