AZTI is a private non-profit research foundation, created in 1981. The Marine Research Division has a staff of 100 people. Topics covered include management of marine resources, socioeconomics, fishing technology for management and production, physical and biological oceanography and dynamics and marine environmental systems. AZTI has been coordinator of European research projects and active participant in large numbers of EU-funded projects. AZTI is playing a central role in the implementation of the water framework directive (WFD) in coastal and transitional waters. AZTI is currently working on more than 30 EU projects (in some of them as coordinator).

Experience of organisation (some relevant UE projects):

  • FISH2007/07 Lot 5: Survey of existing bio-economic models (coord. by AZTI)
  • ECASA (2004-2007): Ecosystem Approach for Sustainable Aquaculture (EU project)
  • EFIMAS (2004-2007): Operational Evaluation Tools for Fisheries Management Options (EU-FP6)
  • AFRAME (2007-2009): A framework for Fleet and Fisheries Area Mangement (EU-FP6) (coord. by AZTI)
  • COBECOS (2007-2009): Costs and Benefits of Compliance (EU-FP6)
  • CEVIS (2005-2008): Comparative Evaluations of Innovative Solutions in European fisheries management (EU-FP6)
  • WISER (2009-2012): Water bodies in Europe: Integrative Systems to assess Ecological status and Recovery (EU-FP7)


Arantza Murillas-Maza will be co-leading WP6 related to western waters case study. AZTI will also participate in Pelagic RAC. AZTI will also deploy an active role in WP2, WP3, WP4, WP5 and 7 while participation is also expected in WP1. 

Description of Personnel involved in the project

Arantza Murillas-Maza: is a principal researcher at AZTI-Tecnalia. She has over twelve years of experience in eocnomic research, specifically dealing with the socio-economic aspects of fisheries. She worked for three years (2000-2003) in the Department of Applied Economics, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, University of Vigo, Spain, where she also participated in the "Natural Resources Fisheries" research unit having been involved in several EU funded projects (Fishery Regulation and Economic Responses of Fishermen: perceptions and compliance; Data on Economic Performance of the Fisheries Sector). She has worked since 2004 in the marine research division of AZTI in the area of socio-economic fisheries working on several projects.

Martin Aranda: has conducted research in fisheries management for nearly eight years. He holds a master degree in fisheries management at the Univeristy of Tromso. He has worked in EU funded projects and consultancies, having interacted in multidisciplinary teams. He has also contributed to various cientific publications in journals and books and has been part of ICES working groups related to fisheries management.

Raul Prellezo: is a Principal Researcher at AZTI-Tecnalia. He has over twelve years of experience in economic research, specifically dealing with the socio-economic aspects of fisheries. He has conducted project research on hte impacts that fishing gear and technology have on the natural growth and optimal harvest rates. He joined AZTI in 2000, where he has been working in the field of fisheries socioeconomics involved in many European projects. In 2007 he finalized a MBA. He is currently a member of STECF.

Marga Andrés: is an economist. She worked in the marine research department of TRAGSATEC analysing the fishing sector and collaborating with the Spanish Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food for two years. She is working at the Marine Research division of AZTI-Tecnalia since 2008. She has over 6 years of experience in economic research, specifically dealing with the socio-economic aspects of fisheries and bioeconomic modelling. She is involved in some European projects.

Marina Santurtun is the Head of Demeral Fisheries Research Area in AZTI-Tecnalia. Master Degree in "Tropical Marine Ecology Fisheries and Fisheries biology" in James Cook University (Townsville, Australia). Working in fisheries Assessment and Management for more than 15 years. Internationally, coordinates the assessment of the Northern Megrim in ICES WGHMM (previously SSDSWG). Actually she is the Chair of the Working Group of ICES on Cephalopods Biology and Life History. She has participated in EU Projects (VI and VII FP) as WP coordinator since 1999, leading the international research project AFRAME: A framework for fish and fisheries Management since 2007 to 2009 (VII FP). She has participated in different EU Tenders, INTERREG and Euskadi Aquitania Projects. Since 2009 attends regularly to the Regional Advisory Committees from the EU, specially SWWRAC and NWWRAC.

flagsThe research leading to these results has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7 / 2007-2013) under grant agreement no. 289192. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the European Union cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.