The EC will explore facets
dealing with small pelagic fish stocks identification, oceanographic
processes influencing their abundance and distribution in the
Project area. Contributions should provide elements for the broad
synthetic view of the knowledge and the activities in this field. On
going studies, used methods and summary of present knowledge should
be presented, in order to analyze the effect of biotic and abiotic
environment on small pelagic fish.
Moreover, comparative studies can possibly be conducted; therefore,
the presentation of all available information is a must for future
activities (research, training, or management). This would enable
listing the gaps in the knowledge and methodologies, and draw-up
consequent working and training programs agreed upon by all
The expected outputs include:
Synthesis of the knowledge and existing data on small
pelagic fish in the MedSudMed study area.
Discussion and identification of a list of species that have
particular economic or ecological importance and that will
be considered as priority in futures studies to be conducted
(S. pilchardus, E. encrasicolus, T. trachurus, T.
mediterraneus, S. japonicus, S. scomber). This list is to be
proposed according to the GFCM priority list, but also
according to national needs and activities and on-going
Identification of gaps in information on spatial
distribution of the stocks, migration patterns of adults,
passive transport of eggs and larvae, factors affecting and
conditioning recruitment success.
Methodology to fill the gaps: feasibility studies, and/or
activities to be conducted to improve knowledge on
relationships between biotic and abiotic environment and
distribution, abundance and life cycle of small pelagic
Identification of pilot study cases.
Overview of the regional and national expertise –
Identification of training needs and possibilities.
Creation of a regional network of multidisciplinary experts,
to be involved in the MedSudMed activities related to this