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Fish and Fisheries Cross-Cutting Action workshop Brest

Location: IFREMER, Brest, France
Event Type: Workshop
Event Date: 2004-06-14    
End Date: 2004-06-16

Event Description:
The topic “fish and fisheries” was identified as a cross-cutting subject within MARBEF at the Bruges Kickoff meeting. As a cross-cutting subject, it will address several key actions and main themes of MARBEF.

The Brest workshop will define the overall objectives and activities of a cross-cutting responsive mode proposal addressing biodiversity of fish, including effects of fisheries. The project will address issues such as:

  • fish biodiversity within EU waters (temporal/spatial variability, functioning) ;
  • threats to fish biodiversity (direct impact from fisheries, other anthropogenic impacts, global change, methods to stop fish biodiversity losses);
  • genetic diversity of EU fish populations
  • fish biodiversity and human society (e. g., impacts of different conservation measures on stakeholders).
The project will be designed to extend the activities of various recent and ongoing EU and national projects and to promote new approaches for biodiversity research within the fields of fish and fisheries ecology. The workshop output will be a draft proposal for submission by the July 15 deadline.

As background preparation for the workshop we encourage participants to read two documents:

  1. the fish-related workpackages submitted to the MARBEF organizers in spring 2003. These can be found here. If there are some missing workpackages, please let us know and we will try to have have them added before the meeting.
  2. the main conclusions and summaries from sessions 1-3 of the recent MARBENA e-conference on the European Biodiversity Action Plan for fisheries. These can be found under "Links" on this web site.
Note: travel and lodging costs for 1 person per institute can be covered by MARBEF !

Contact email:;

Event programme:
Fish and Fisheries Cross-Cutting Action workshop Brest, France
Provisional agenda

Monday 14, 2 PM

14:00 - 14:05 Welcome
14:05 - 14:10 House keeping issues (Hotel, travel back etc) P. Lorance
14:15-14:30 Introduction of the workshop Brian MacKenzie
14:30 - 15:30 Presentations of proposed activities of participating laboratories
Not more than 10 mins presentations will be made. Presentations include: (1) general research topic of the lab/institution, (2) importance of fish studies in the activity of the lab, (3) proposal to MARBEF

15:30 - 15:45 coffee break
15:45 - 16:45 Presentation (cont'd)
16:45 - 17:15 general discussion
Defining the general shape of a responsive model project on fish and fisheries
17:15 - 17:30 closing the session

Tuesday 15

9:00 - 9:10 house keeping
9:10 - 9:45 plenary discussion : responsive mode project, defining the main objectives (2 to 4 objectives)
Integrating the proposals from the presentations into a common consistent projects. Participants should be keen to reframe partly their future works in order to fit with common objectives into a joint program.
9:45 - 10:00 making sub-groups to draft the program of the main objectives Trying to make as many sub-groups as objectives in the project, subgroups of as much as possible balanced numbers will meet in different rooms.
10:00 - 10:15 coffee break
10:15 - 12:00 sub groups meetings
12:15 - 13:30 : lunch break
13:30 - 16:00 sub-groups meeting (cont'd)
16:00 - 16-30 : back to the main room and coffee break
16:30 - 17:00 : plenary session : subgroups reporting
17:00 - 17:30 : plenary discussion: integration of components (objectives) in project
17:30 - 18:00 : distributing writing activities for the next day : who writes which part of the project

Wednesday 16

9:00 - 10:30 : writing part of the project in sub-groups
10:30 - 10:45 : coffee break
10:45 - 11:45 : putting things together
11:45 - 12:00 : closure
The meeting will close at 12:00.


Develop overall goals for cross-cutting responsive mode proposal on biodiversity issues related to fish and fisheries.
Identify how proposal will address key actions within Themes 1, 2 and 3.
Identify role of participants in project.
Produce schedule of proposed activities related to workshops and other deliverables.
Develop draft proposal for submission by July 15 deadline.

Participants: Participants active in fish biodiversity research (including large-scale changes, genetics, functionality, socio-economic aspects), particularly those interested in collaboration across disciplines and those who were not present at Bruges
Target number of participants: maximum 20
Output: Draft proposal, concepts and plans

Registration deadline is June 7. See below for form

Hotel information:

Hotels for MARBEF workshop 14-16 June, IFREMER, Brest (please book as soon as possible!):

For convenience (including transport), we suggest participants to book hotels in the city centre.

Hotel de la Rade
6 rue de Siam
29200 Brest
booking available at:
Price (single/TV/shower, Breakfast included): 41 €
Simple, two stars
(Note: The hotel is clean, people are friendly, and breakfast is fine regarding
the French standard. However, it can be noisy due to the building itself
(concrete and wood without sound insulation).

Hotel Ibis
13 rue de Siam
29200 Brest
booking available at:
Price (single/TV/shower, Breakfast included): 57 €
Standard French two stars

82 rue de Siam
29200 Brest
Price (single/TV/shower, Breakfast included): 69 €
Three Stars

Slight changes in the price in the short list may have occurred since the last inquiry. Please specify you come to work at Ifremer to get these (reduced) fees. Early booking is advisable. All proposed hotels are close to restaurants and Brest is the French city with the highest number of pubs per inhabitant.

In case of problems to get hotels, try:
Marie Michèle Pédel (secretary of fisheries resources laboratory): 0298 22 4370 (
Pascal Lorance : 0298 22 4649; 0663 06 8239(
Fabian Blanchard : 0298 22 4928
(note: theses phone number apply from France, from other countries drop out 0 and add +33)

Collaborators and organisers:
Brian MacKenzie (DIFRES); Pascal Lorance (IFREMER)

Website url: 

Registration form:

Registration fee: none

Relevant costs that should be taken by MARBEF:  

Possibility for day-care centres (facilities for children): No

MarBEF supported event: Yes

Event within Framework of MARBEF: (none)

Maximum number of participants: 20

External participants (non MARBEF) allowed: No

Posted by MacKenzie_Brian on 2004-05-28 and approved by webmaster