IMARES (Institute for Marine Resources and Ecosystem Studies) is an independent institute which provides the knowledge and research necessary for an integrated and sustainable protection, exploitation and spatial use of seas and coastal zones. IMARES has over two hundred employees and an annual turnover of 20 ME. Researchers are active in field surveys, experimental studies, from laboratory to mesocosm scale, modeling, monitoring and assessment, scientific advice and consultancy. The institute has a long history in shellfish research and works in close cooperation with the industry and related stakeholders. Research in this field is focused on monitoring and assessment of shellfish populations, algal blooms and shellfish quality in coastal and estuarine waters, factors determining recruitment success and carrying capacity, as well as land-based integrated aquaculture and hatchery based breeding and selection programs. The delta department is located in Yerseke which is the center of the Dutch shellfish industry.
Previous experience relevant to the tasks:
- The Fisheries Knowledge Groups project
- GAP2: Bridging the gap between science, stakeholder and policy makers. Phase 2
- CO-Exist is a broad, multidisciplinary EU project to evaluate the interactions between fisheries and aquaculture and other activities in the coastal zone.
DLO will be leading work package 2, focusing on best practice for knowledge transfer, and will contribute to other work packages.
Prof dr Aad Smaal has the chair of sustainable shellfish culture at Wageningen University and he is senior scientist at the Delta Department of IMARES in Yerseke, The Netherlands. He has been working in the field of ecology and bivalve aquaculture for over 30 years and has published over 50 peer reviewed papers. He is particularly interested in the role of shellfish in the ecosystem and the various goods and services they deliver and works in research projects on the development of sustainable bivalve aquaculture. He is member of the board of directors of the European Aquaculture Society and has set up a European network of shellfish experts as a thematic group of EAS.
Marnix Poelman MSc is a researcher and project manager at IMARES, at DLO’s Centre for Aquaculture working on the development and application of tools to improve and demonstrate sustainability in Aquaculture. He is involved in several European research projects, such as AquaMed, Pro-Eel and CO-Exist. Marnix has a degree in Biotechnology of the Montfort University, UK. Currently he coordinates and performs several national projects related to sustainability in Aquaculture. He is one of the process managers of the Fisheries Knowledge Groups in the Netherlands, and has worked on the development pioneering phase of several innovations in the shellfish culture in the Netherlands, such as oyster and mussel seed collection systems.
Wouter Jan Strietman, MA, is a researcher and project manager at LEI, working on marine related socio-economic topics. He has a master in Economic Geography and experience in marine policy, marine environmental protection, regional economic development, public awareness campaigns (sustainability and marine awareness), and the conservation of cetaceans in the Dutch North Sea. He is currently involved in projects related to the Marine Strategy Framework Directive, Natura 2000 and CFP. Next to that he is one of the process managers of the Fisheries Knowledge Groups.