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The FACTS project

The FACTS project brings together leading European fisheries and university institutes working on creating the tools for ecosystem based management.

The active involvement of the institutes in the current management provides a means for the results of the project to feed into management.

The project furthermore includes a network component which ensures a wider dissemination of methods and results within the marine scientific community.

The objective of the project is to provide insight and quantitative advice on the ecosystem wide consequences of management actions directly or indirectly related to forage fish.

Overarching questions of the project

1. What are the consequences of fourage fisheries on
  • predator growth and abundance?
  • economic output of fisheries on piscivorous species?
  • ecosystem stability and the risk for regime shifts?

2. What are the consequences of changes in predator populations on fourage fish populations and fisheries?


The FACTS project has received funding from the European Community's Seventh Framework Programme.


26 APRIL 2017