The Strait of Sicily is one of the most important fishing areas of the Mediterranean where fisheries still have a high socio-economic and cultural relevance. This area holds most of the main management issues affecting the Mediterranean fisheries namely: i): conflicts between artisanal and industrial fisheries, ii) ineffective management of shared stocks, iii) high impact on habitats, iv) decline of fisheries productivity and overfishing, v) high rate of environmental change and global warming, vi) ineffective management and lack of tools supporting EAFM. Atlantis and GADGET will be implemented to investigate the direct and indirect effects of multi-fleet and multispecies fisheries on the ecosystem and food web functioning of the Strait of Sicily. Trophic flows between components of the ecosystem, in particular small pelagic species and hake, will be investigated to improve the understanding of the dynamics of these stocks under different environmental scenarios. The impact of alternative scenarios of technical measures (e.g. area closure, mesh sizes, gear restrictions), on the ecosystem and fisheries will be also investigated. This Atlantis model will form the second operating model for testing EwE and GADGET.
CS Leader: Francesco Colloca, CNR
Advisory Councils involved: RACMED
Models: GADGET and Atlantis
For more info: Decision Support Framework
Case Study Fact sheet: Mediterranian– Straits of Sicily