This working group will bring together 30 early career scientists, PhD students, post-docs and senior scientists to undertake comparative analyses between European Atlantic and Mediterranean marine ecosystems to move towards an Ecosystem-Based Approach to Fisheries Management (EBFM). Scientific questions from population through community to ecosystem level will be investigated, applying a comparative platform of research in the Atlantic and Mediterranean area. Key sensitive ecological processes to climate variability and fishing impact on Atlantic and Mediterranean ecosystems will be identified.
The event will result in a synthesis of new ideas within three topics: key population traits and dynamics of forage species affecting community and ecosystem functioning; the resilience-resistance trade-offs at different levels of biological organisation of forage fish; and biodiversity and ecosystem traits changes at regional scales. The outputs of the Working Group will provide key scientific information to operationally design management strategies under the framework of the EBFM and the Integrated Ecosystem Assessment of European regional seas. The present Working Group ensures the publication of high-impact scientific reports; at the moment six publications have been listed while additional publications will emerge following the meeting.