Our cross-Channel partnership uses innovative underwater acoustic tracking technology to identify the environmental conditions a range of important marine species need in order to thrive.
The €4.1million FISH INTEL project, supported by €2.8million from the European Regional Development Fund via the Interreg France (Channel) England programme, focuses on a series of sites along the coastlines of southern England, northern France and Belgium.
Through a combination of fish tracking and underwater video surveys, the project will help us understand more about fish movements and the habitats individual species prefer.
We will also contribute to a growing amount of data assessing the impact of fishing, climate change and other human activities – such as the development of offshore renewable energy sites and offshore mariculture – on the Channel/Manche region.
The FISH INTEL project involves research organisations across the UK, France and Belgium who work directly with fishers, regulators and industry representatives in the three countries, with the University of Plymouth being the lead partner.
Across seven sites, we will monitor marine species including European bass, Pollack, Crawfish and Bluefin tuna, which are considered commercially important for the region.
The resulting data about their movements, and the habitats they occupy, will then be shared with other key stakeholders, enforcement bodies and policy makers.
Ultimately, it is hoped the research will enable authorities across the region to implement Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management (EBFM) programmes with the aim of enhancing the condition and water quality in these habitats, as well as enabling activities – such as fishing, civil engineering projects and extract industries – to function in a sustainable way.
We also aim to bring about greater collaboration and communication between a range of different partners with a common interest in the Channel/Manche region.
Video: Sea bass Dicentrarchus labrax. Credit: Olivia Langmead
Dr Emma Sheehan
Associate Professor of Marine Ecology (Research)
Dr Sian Rees
Associate Head of School - Research
Dr Thomas Stamp
Post Doctoral Research Associate
Project Support Officer
Professor Martin Attrill
Professor of Marine Ecology
Dr Benjamin Ciotti
Lecturer in Marine Biology
Professor Jason Hall-Spencer
Professor of Marine Biology
Dr Alexander Wilson
Lecturer in Behavioural Ecology
Dr Martha Hall
Marine Institute Project Manager
Dr Alice Hall
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
Technical Project Support Officer - FISH INTEL
Our partner organisations
University of Plymouth - Lead Partner
University of Exeter: THUNNUS UK
Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority Isles of Scilly
Marine Conservation Society
Institut français de recherche pour l’exploitation de la mer (Ifremer)
France Énergies Marines
Université de Bretagne Occidentale
Flanders Marine Institute
Comite Departmental du Finistere
Comite Regional des Peches Maritimes Normandie
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