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TITLE Environmental Approach to Essential Fish Habitat Designation   enviefh_en.pdf (3.42 MB)
Document ID LIB194
Document type EC RTD Programmes projects / results
Issue date 01/12/2005
Document reference EnviEFH
Original language of the document English
Document produced by EC-Research and Innovation DG organisation visiting card
Document requested by EC-Research and Innovation DG organisation visiting card
Scientific domains
Policy domains
  • Environment
  • Fisheries

DOCUMENT TEXT

Short description  During the past decade, the importance of identifying, designating and protecting essential fish habitats (EFH) has been widely recognised. It embraces waters and substrata necessary for fish to spawn, breed, feed, or grow to maturity. EFH mapping and designation can support the spatial component of fishery management, a component that has often been overlooked in fishery policies. The new framework regulation on the Common Fisheries Policy requires the clear identification and protection of essential fish habitat and its inclusion in new fishery policies.EnviFH will develop protocols for identifying and mapping EFH and their presentation on a rapid-reference GIS database.
Abstract (focusing on the key recommendations)  EnviFH will develop protocols for identifying and mapping EFH and their presentation on a rapid-reference GIS database. It will achieve this by:
Collating and using existing environmental and biological data
Identifying and mapping the spatio-temporal distribution of ocean production processes
Introducing species’ life history information to the
description of environment-species interactions ...

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