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