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Trainning Seminar in Barcelona

Friday, 21 November, 2014

The Biodiversity Foundation of the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment), the Spanish Research Council-Institute of Marine Sciences (ICM/CSIC), the University of Genoa and the National Institute of Marine Sciences and Technologies of Tunisia have participated in the workshop held in Barcelona in the framework of the ENPI-ECOSAFIMED project, organized by the ICM/CSIC. The project aims to study the impacts of traditional fishing gears on the seabed and to propose measures for their reduction and mitigation. The purpose of the workshop was to train partners to process the images taken during oceanographic surveys developed this year and to review the general situation and development of the project.

During the workshop, the attendants analyzed the videos of the remote operated underwater vehicle (ROV) during the campaigns carried out in the seabed of Italy, Tunisia and Spain. These vehicles filmed images of the seafloor, so their edition and processing were subject of the workshop.

Furthermore, parallel sessions were also organized to update then financial situation and general technical development of ECOSAFIMED. Among other things, partners dealt with communication activities, the financial state of each organization, the development of technical activities and possible solutions and agreements, as well as the next steps and timelines.

The ENPI-ECOSAFIMED project started in January 2014 and count with the participation of  different organizations in Spain, Italy and Tunisia. The aim of this initiative is to contribute for an integrated marine policy in the Mediterranean through the promotion of sustainable fishing practices. It is also intended, based on the scientific results obtained after onboard and oceanographic surveys, to exchange information about these best practices among local, regional and European stakeholders in order to promote the conservation of marine habitats.