Projects

Co-creating a decision support framework to ensure sustainable fish production in Europe under climate change (ClimeFish)

Project no.: 677039

Principal coordinator: Prof. Michaela Aschan, University of Tromso, Norway

Principal investigator of freshwater sector: Prof. Jan Kubečka, Ph.D.

Financial support: EU Horizon 2020

Duration: 2016–2020

Read more: http://climefish.eu/

Scientist from 16 countries join forces to help ensure that the increase in seafood production comes in areas and for species where there is a potential for sustainable growth, given the expected climate changes. In ClimeFish they will provide a support framework for decision makers, thus contributing to robust employment and sustainable development of rural and coastal communities. In Czech part of the project we intend to rationalize the angling use of fish production under changing environment.

Why: Climate changes are real, they are happening right now and they are threatening sustainable growth in aquaculture and fisheries worldwide. The world population is growing, and the demand for food is increasing. Forecasts indicate an overall decline in food production due to climate change. ClimeFish addresses the necessity of changes, both when it comes to utilizing opportunities and mitigating risks under climate change. ClimeFish will help ensure that the increase in seafood production comes in areas and for species where there is a potential for sustainable growth. IN Czech conditions the growth of production is complicated by the changes of nutrient concentrations and angling effort. All these factors will be considered.

What: ClimeFish will provide guidelines for how to make climate-enabled management plans to prepare and adapt to climate change while minimizing economic losses and social consequences. Thus, based on the expected climatic challenges, ClimeFish will contribute to robust employment and sustainable development of rural and coastal communities. The output of the project will be the ClimeFish Decision Support Framework (DSF), which contains guidelines, databases and the ClimeFish Decision Support System (DSS). The results of the project will be used for optimization of fishery in Lipno reservoir and other waterbodies.

How: ClimeFish will develop forecasts for production scenarios that will serve as input to socio-economic analysis and identify risks and opportunities regarding climate changes. Strategies to mitigate risk and utilize opportunities will be identified in co-creation with stakeholders, and will serve to strengthen the scientific advice and to improve long term production planning and policymaking. The project addresses three production sectors: marine aquaculture, marine fisheries and lake and pond production in a total of 16 case studies, involving more than 25 species. For Czech fisheries, the main target species are wells, Silurus glanis, pikeperch, Sander lucioperca and carp, Cyprinus carpio.