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Project acronym: AQUAFIMA

Project title: AQUAFIMA – Integrating Aquaculture and Fisheries Management towards a sustainable regional development in the Baltic Sea Region

Application call: 4

Priority: 3. Baltic Sea as a common resource

Project website: www.aquafima.eu

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Lead Partner:

Landgesellschaft Mecklenburg-Vorpommern mbH
Lindenallee 2a
19067 Leezen
DE
Volker Bruns
E-mail: volker.bruns@lgmv.de
Phone: +49 3866 404 120
Fax: +49 3866 404 490

Project Manager:

Landgesellschaft Mecklenburg-Vorpommern mbH
Lindenallee 2a
19067 Leezen
DE
Matti Skor
E-mail: matti.skor@lgmv.de
Phone: +49 3866 404 176
Fax: +49 3866 404 490


Information Manager:

REM Consult
Max-Brauer-Allee 218
22769 Hamburg
DE
Bente Vollstedt
E-mail: vollstedt@rem-consult.eu
Phone: +49 40 412 632 696
Fax: +49 40 657 903 77



Summary description of the project:

The fishery sector is an integral part of the Baltic Sea coastal regions and their economies. Not all fish stocks are fished within natural limits, and certain commercially important species are severely overfished and outside safe biological limits. Existing national and EU fisheries management policies are apparently not effective enough to maintain or even rebuild a balanced stock situation. New fisheries management regulations are urgently needed. They must have a sound scientific and socio-economic basis to meet the needs of both the consumer and the environment and to preserve one of the most vulnerable marine resources. Alternative management schemes such as stocking and restocking of young fish are under discussion or in the trial stage.

On global scale, aquaculture continues to expand rapidly. However, the aquaculture sector in the Baltic Sea Region (BSR) lags behind in this development and still has considerable growth potential. Currently, EU aquaculture output represents approximately 20.3 % of the total EU fisheries production and 2.6% of world aquaculture production (2007). Aquaculture therefore offers attractive regional development opportunities in the BSR, especially in regions affected by decline of capture fishing.

Therefore, 11 Partner from 7 countries will work together to integrate aquaculture and fisheries management towards a sustainable regional development in the BSR, applying an eco-system friendly approach. Specifically, the project will

- Analyse the prospects for an increased integration of stocking/restocking measures into coastal fisheries management under the reformed CFP

'- evaluate the feasibility of new management options in four transnational case studies in lagoons,

'- evaluate and assess suitable stocking/restocking measures for different fish species

'- develop strategies to utilize fish and aquaculture for regional economic and tourism development and to integrate aquaculture in a sustainable spatial development

'- generate skills and implement professional education schemes for Baltic Sea specific aquaculture management

'- promote the acceptance for farmed fish and aquaculture among BSR citizens


Achievements of the project so far:

As the aquaculture production in the Baltic Sea Region (BSR) is stagnating or even decreasing the AQUAFIMA project supported the aquaculture sector with its activities to disclose its potential and to develop further in the BSR. To achieve this, different target groups (e.g. politicians, research institutions, administrations, environmental associations, students, associations and the general public) were involved in various workshops and seminars on the regional, national or transnational basis during the project lifetime.

In the first phase of the project, the partners have laid the ground for preparatory research and data collection with the aim to build up the analytical basis for following project activities. One main outcome of these analytical parts are the policy recommendations for a regional aquaculture-based fisheries management. Here these recommendations which also have been discussed with relevant stakeholders in Brussels are targeted especially to politicians

to integrate restocking measures into the Multiannual National Plans of the Member States in 2014-2020.

Besides giving impulses to the political level the project has also worked on aspects to highlight the potential of the aquaculture industry connected to the regional development. Here the aquaculture sector can also bring an economic value to coastal regions. Therefore, the project has:

- Worked out recommendations for the branding and promotion of aquaculture products for aquaculture and the industry

- Disclosed the employment potential for the aquaculture sector in specific regions

- Summarised the role of aquaculture in fish supply chains around different Baltic States

- Published a manual for the infrastructure and planning needs for aquaculture facilities to assist decision makers and planning authorities

In addition, the project achieved to inform the general public in different publications (e.g. Coastal and Marine; Meer & Küste) about aquaculture topics.

Moreover, also an exhibition 'Regional Fish by Aquaculture' was developed and shown in Lithuania and Germany. The exhibition was accompined by information material. In close connection to the 'awarness rising' topic the AQUAFIMA project worked also to strengthen the education in the field of aquaculture in order to guarantee the qualification of people for the aquaculture industry. Therefore, a summer school was organised to teach students about relevant aquaculture topics in the Baltic Sea Region.The partnership worked also on a concept for an international master programme that relies on the bachelor education at the various universities and enables students to study on a self-instruction basis due to e-learning courses. Besides the courses for students also in-services courses for organisations and associations dealing with aquaculture were successfully offered in Estonia and Germany. The involved universities also agreed to cooperate concerning 'education' beyond the project.



Project Duration: Jun 2011 - Mar 2014
Approximate total project budget in EUR: 2.499.080,00
ERDF co-financing: 1.768.500,00
ENPI co-financing: 0,00
Norwegian national contribution: 137.676,00

List of partners

State Development Cooperation Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
19067 Leezen | GERMANY
Lindenallee 2a
Region: Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
Contact person: Volker Bruns
Phone: +49 3866 404 120
E-mail: volker.bruns@lgmv.de
Web: www.lgmv.de
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:350.238,00
ERDF co-financing:262.678,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Rostock Business and Technology Development GmbH
18069 Rostock | GERMANY
Schweriner Str. 10/11
Region: Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
Contact person: Gert Proba
Phone: 49 (0) 381-37719-15
E-mail: proba@rostock-business.de
Web: www.rostock-business.de
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:111.417,00
ERDF co-financing:83.563,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
University of Rostock
18059 Rostock | GERMANY
Justus-von-Liebig-Weg 6
Region: Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
Contact person: Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Harry W. Palm
Phone: +49 381 498 3730
E-mail: harry.palm@uni-rostock.de
Web: www.uni-rostock.de
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:278.003,00
ERDF co-financing:208.502,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
EUCC – The Coastal Union Germany
18119 Rostock-Warnemünde | GERMANY
Seestr. 15
Region: Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
Contact person: Nardine Stybel
Phone: +49 381 5197279
E-mail: stybel@eucc-d.de
Web: www.eucc-d.de
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:256.873,00
ERDF co-financing:192.655,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Institute for European Initiatives
81-393 Gdynia | POLAND
Swietojanska 66/11
Region: Zachodniopomorskie
Contact person: Marta Grudzinska
Phone: 0048586641210
E-mail: info@europeprojects.eu
Web: www.europeprojects.eu
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:27.781,00
ERDF co-financing:23.614,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Klaipeda University
92294 Klaipeda | LITHUANIA
H.Manto 84
Region: Lietuva
Contact person: Antanas Kontautas
Phone: + 370 46 398803
E-mail: antanas.kontautas@ku.lt
Web: http://www.zuvdep.lt/
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:244.546,00
ERDF co-financing:207.864,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Environmental Development Association
LV-1002 Riga | LATVIA
Marupes str. 4-23
Region: Latvija
Contact person: Dilara Shabayeva
Phone: +371 67611190
E-mail: dilara@videsattistiba.lv
Web: www.videsattistiba.lv
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:203.626,00
ERDF co-financing:173.082,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Ministry of Environment Protection and Regional Development of Latvia
LV-1494 Riga | LATVIA
Peldu street 25
Region: Latvija
Contact person: Aivita Zavdska
Phone: +371 66016755
E-mail: aivita.zavadska@varam.gov.lv
Web: www.varam.gov.lv
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:126.917,00
ERDF co-financing:107.879,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Norwegian Seafood Centre
5003 Bergen | NORWAY
Bontelabo 2
Region: Vestlandet
Contact person: Jørgen Borthen
Phone: +4755554880
E-mail: borthen@sjomat.no
Web: www.sjomat.no/www.torsk.no/
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:275.352,00
ERDF co-financing:0,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:137.676,00
ESTONIAN UNIVERSITY OF LIFE SCIENCES
51014 Tartu | ESTONIA
Kreutzwaldi 1a
Region: Eesti
Contact person: Tiit Paaver
Phone: +3727313490
E-mail: tiit.paaver@emu.ee
Web: http://www.emu.ee/en/
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:175.457,00
ERDF co-financing:149.138,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Eurofish
1553 Copenhagen | DENMARK
H.C. Andersens Boulevard 44-46
Region: Hovedstaden
Contact person: Marco Frederiksen
Phone: +45 333 777 55
E-mail: Marco.frederiksen@eurofish.dk
Web: www.eurofish.dk
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:220.140,00
ERDF co-financing:165.105,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Green Federation GAJA
70374 Szczecin | POLAND
UL. 5-Lipca 45
Region: Zachodniopomorskie
Contact person: Jakub Skorupski
Phone: 0048 91 489 42 32
E-mail: fzbiuro@gajanet.pl
Web: www.gajanet.pl
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:228.727,00
ERDF co-financing:194.418,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00