Within MarFish we aim to:
  • detect and identify mechanisms of large-scale and long-term change in biodiversity of fish and other exploited species (e. g., scallops, lobsters)
  • predict consequences of changes in biodiversity of fish and other exploited communities on ecosystem functioning and human societies

Questions that we will address are:

  • What was lost in the past and what may be lost in the future? species, populations, genes, alleles, fishermen, fishing-dependent communities?
  • Why did changes in biodiversity occur and how can we prevent further losses?
  • Do changes in fish biodiversity affect ecosystem functioning and the supply of ecosystem services?
  • What are the consequences of actions to prevent losses?
  • What are the costs (social, political, financial, etc.) to prevent further losses and the benefits of preventive action?

MarFish: Causes and consequences of changing marine biodiversity - a fish and fisheries perspective is a Responsive Mode Project undertaken within the MarBEF EU Network of Excellence, funded under the Sixth Framework Programme of the European Union
Principal investigators: Brian MacKenzie and Pascal Lorance