Bringing the Ocean to Society
4 Jul 2019
EurOcean Member IEO will determine the state of exploitation of the sardine and anchovy in the Mediterranean Sea
The MEDIAS fishing research campaign has just begun in Mediterranean waters.

The MEDIAS (MEDiterranean International Acoustic Survey) European project launched a new campaign, led by the EurOcean Member Spanish Institute of Oceanography (IEO). The main objectives of the campaign are the evaluation of the stocks of pelagic species of commercial interest present in the Spanish Mediterranean, mainly anchovy and sardine using acoustic methods, as well as mapping their spatial distribution on the continental shelf. In addition, data from the accompanying pelagic community (horse mackerel, mackerel, among others) are collected and the oceanographic variables (salinity, temperature and fluorescence) of the water column are characterized.

The multidisciplinary campaign will be carried out from 27 June to 29 July 2019 and has been carried out by IEO since 2009 with the support of the European Union. The outcomes serve to improve the scientific advice for the management of fishing in the framework of the Common Fisheries Policy.

During the 33 days of the campaign it is expected to explore the continental shelf between 30 to 200 meters deep of the Spanish Mediterranean from the border with France to the Strait of Gibraltar.

The information gathered during this campaign will improve scientific knowledge about biodiversity and the state of exploitation of the living resources exploited by the purse seine fishery throughout the Mediterranean. In addition, the data of the resulting evaluations are presented annually to the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean, serving as a basis for establishing management measures or specific regulations that ensure sustainable exploitation of these resources.