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EMB attends EcoScope project kick-off conference

On 28-30 September 2021, EMB Executive Director, Sheila Heymans, and Science Officer, Ana Rodriguez, attended the kick-off conference of the new EU funded project EcoScope, in Thessaloniki, Greece.

The newly kicked-off project EcoScope promotes efficient, holistic, sustainable, ecocentric fisheries management that will help toward restoring fisheries’ sustainability and ensure a balance between food security and healthy seas. EcoScope offers a holistic approach to managing fisheries within the ecosystem context that will support policy makers, advisory bodies and researchers. The European Union (EU) awarded the EcoScope consortium nearly €8 million to promote an effective and efficient ecosystem-based approach to fisheries management. The consortium, which received funding through the EU Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme, is comprised of 24 partners from Greece, Bulgaria, Germany, Canada, Israel, the Philippines, Spain, France, Belgium, the UK, Portugal, Italy, the Netherlands, Malta, Norway, Switzerland and Cyprus. The partners include universities and research institutions, NGOs, technology companies and businesses. The project will run from September 2021 - August 20215.

The EMB Secretariat is leading a work package that aims to co-design the ecosystem-based management tools for fisheries in European Seas.  

You can read the full press release here. To find out more about EMB's involvement here.