Within DAIS, such research topics are dealt with by the Shallow Water Ecology group, which merges expertise in field investigations, mathematical modeling and statistical treatment of ecological data. The SWE group has a large experience in the application of the ecosystem approach to both fishery and aquaculture, in particular in the application of modeling tools to the identification of areas suitable for shellfish aquaculture and to the assessment of their carrying capacity.
Role of UNIVE in Euroshell
UNIVE will contribute to WP3, WP4 (T4.1 and T4.2), and will collaborate with AMA to the Italian national workshop, WP5. It will also contribute to the project dissemination activities.
Prof. Roberto Pastres, is associate professor of Environmental Chemistry at DAIS. Since 1987, his research activity has mainly concerned the development of mathematical models for the analysis of transport, chemical and biological processes in coastal water bodies, with a special focus on their application to the sustainable management of finfish and shellfish aquaculture. Models for site selection and environmental impact assessment of finfish and shellfish mariculture were developed and tested in the framework of the FP6 project ECASA (www.ecasa.uk.org). He is now coordinator of FP7 project “MEDINA”, during which these tools will be applied to the North African coastline, and is involved in the FP7 project ”FORCE”, which aims at enhancing the sustainability of fishery and aquaculture in Egypt.
Prof. Adriano Sfriso is Associate Professor of Ecology at DAIS. His research activity is focus on two main topics: I) the population dynamics of macro-algae and sea-grasses, their effects on N,P and C biogeochemical cycles and their role in the fate and transport of organic and inorganic micropollutant in estuaries; ii) the investigation of the environmental impact of Tapes philippinarum fishery and aquaculture activities in Northern Adriatic lagoons (Venice and Marano-Grado), including the estimation of the effects of harvesting on sediment erosion and release of nutrients and micropollutants from sediment.
Dr. Fabio Pranovi is permanent lecturer of Ecology at the University of Venice. His research activities mainly concern the assessment of the impact of fishing activities on the benthic community, the development of food web models for lagoons and coastal ecosystems and the identification of indicators for the implementation of the Ecosystem Based Approach to the management of fishery and shellfish aquaculture.
A selection of recent EU projects, relevant to the call, carried out by the SWE group at DAIS
INDECO (FP6) http://www.ieeplondon.org.uk/projectminisites/indeco/index.php: Development of Indicators of Environmental Performance of the Common Fisheries Policy. ECASA (FP6), www.ecasa.org.uk: Ecosystem Approach for Sustainable Aquaculture SPICOSA (FP6), http://www.spicosa.eu/index.htm: Science and Policy Integration for Coastal System Assessment. FORCE (FP7) Fisheries and aquaculture-Oriented Research capacity in Egypt: started in Nov. 2011 MEDINA (FP7): Marine Ecosystem Dynamics and Indicators for North Africa: started in Oct. 2011.