Development of innovative measures for the support of commercial sponge fisheries in the Aegean Sea

Project info
Description: 

Five sponge species of high commercial value constitute the sponge stocks harvested in the Aegean Sea. These species have been recognized as a marine resource of substantial importance. Today, as a result of both the absence of an effective management plan and an epidemic disease incident in the Mediterranean, these stocks face a dramatic reduction, resulting to the decline of sponge fisheries as an economic branch. The ongoing project aims at the effective management of this biological resource in a sustainable approach, through 3 axes:
a. identification and assessment of commercial sponge populations in the Greek seas
b. study of the ecology of commercial sponge species
c. development of novel methods for sponge culture

Coordinating Institute: 
University of Thessaloniki
Time Frame
Begin of project (Year): 
2007
End of project (Year): 
2008
Financing
Funding Source: 
3rd Operational Program of Greece, Greek Ministry of Agriculture
Total Budget (€): 
200.000
Budget for IMBBC (€): 
60.000
Involved persons from IMBBC
NameRoleResponsibilities
Role: 
Participation
Name: 
Costas Dounas
Role: 
Scientific Responsible

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