Each action of the unit conducts research activities which are summarized here below:
FISHREG conducts research on a wide range of fisheries management issues. Research topics include the development of generic tools for evaluating fisheries management plans, in anticipation that future fisheries management plans will be fleet-based or fishery-based, and therefore will require a multi-species perspective. Other topics include the development of models to identify feeding and spawning habitats of selected species, or the use of forensic genetics and chemistry to detect the origin of fish and fish products.
Research areas related to the VESCOSUR Action are focussed towards the use of Satellites and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), platforms to widen the coverage of ground based sensors, ship detection in satellite images, data fusion, anomaly detection, oil spill surveillance and sensing technologies (ELINT, passive radar). On container monitoring, research topics include applied Risk Analysis for the development of route-based risk indicators, Semi-supervised learning, Spatio-temporal Knowledge discovery, Semantic modeling and analysis of spatio-temporal information, Semantic Search, Knowledge Discovery for massive amount of moving objects data.
In the MULTRA action the work on monitoring and improving the quality of the collected data, poses challenges that can be resolved using innovative data monitoring and analysis approaches and data entry methodologies that reduce the heterogeneity of integrated data due to organisational and cultural differences.
The output of research takes the form of models, IT tools, scientific publications and technical reports.
Here below is a list of projects (in alphabetical order) not falling under institutional or competitive activities.
AnchovyID aims at providing molecular tools in support of traceability and anchovy product authentication. Molecular methods have a high potential to support legislation for monitoring and enforcement, but their effectiveness for research and control uses is linked to the existence of good data and easily accessible tools.
CAFE stands for Capacity, F and Effort. The EUís Common Fisheries Policy aims at matching European fleet capacity to resource availability. It has been widely assumed that reducing fleet catching capacity and limiting fishing effort will reduce fishing mortality, but the scientific basis for this assumption is not fully established. The FP6 CAFE project carried out a comprehensive study of capacity and effort metrics and modelled their relationships to fishing mortality, and the economic drivers for capacity development.
CEDER stands for Catch, Effort and Discard Estimates in Realtime. The primary objective of this FP6 project was to harness technologies, such as the Vessel Monitoring System and electronic logbooks, to provide more accurate and timelier information on catches, effort, landings, discards and quota and TAC uptake and to assess the benefits of this information for fisheries management.
The ECCAIRS Reporting System has gone through various versions.