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Monitoring and
Management Strategy
in the Bay of Biscay
and Iberian Coast sub-region
Coordinated
Cetacean Assessment,

// Context

The CetAMBICion project seeks to respond to the need to reduce cetacean bycatch in EU fisheries, in particular in the Bay of Biscay and on the Iberian Coast, one of the threats to the survival of these protected species.

This objective is aligned with the objectives of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive, the Habitats Directive, and the Common Fisheries Policy.

CetAMBICion will address mortality rates, abundance, demographic characteristics, pattern distribution and range and habitat of cetaceans with the aim of improving monitoring, especially in relation to bycatch mortality, and investigating the effectiveness of different mitigation measures in the Bay of Biscay and on the Iberian coast. This will ultimately contribute to achieving Good Environmental Status (GES).

// Activities

Review of MSFD second cycle reports and state-of the-art for cetaceans

Proposal of coordinated subregional assessment, GES determination and monitoring strategy for cetaceans

Proposal of coordinated subregional assessment, GES determination and monitoring strategy for cetacean bycatch

Effectiveness assessment of cetacean bycatch reduction strategies and fishing technical measures proposal

Dissemination of results, sectoral participation, and capacity building strategy

Coordination among all the partners

The Marine Strategy Framework Directive

In a legislative framework, the Directive enshrines the ecosystem approach to the management of human activities having an impact on the marine environment, integrating the concepts of environmental protection and sustainable use.

The Marine Strategy Framework Directive aims to achieve Good Environmental Status (GES) of the EU’s marine waters and to protect the resource base upon which marine-related economic and social activities depend.

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