Institut Français de Recherche pour l’Exploitation de la Mer (IFREMER)

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Ifremer is a public research institute created in 1984, and is the only French research organisation with an entirely maritime purpose. It operates under the joint auspices of the three Ministries of (1) Higher Education and Research, (2) Agriculture and Fisheries, (3) Ecology, Sustainable development and Infrastructure. Being involved in all the marine science and technology fields, Ifremer has the capability of solving different problems with an integrated approach. Ifremer scope of actions can be divided into four main areas, each of them including different topics as described hereunder:

  1. Understanding, assessing, developing and managing the ocean resources (knowledge and exploration of the deep sea; contribution to the exploitation of offshore oil; understanding ocean circulation (in relation with the global change); sustainable management of fishery resources; optimisation and development of aquaculture production),
  2. Improving knowledge, protection and restoration methods for marine environment,
  3. Production and management of equipment of national interest,
  4. helping the socio-economic development of the maritime world.


IFREMER will coordinate WP6, and will take the lead on the Western Waters case study. In addition, IFREMER will have contribution in the other WP, and more particularly WP3 (development of fleet dynamics models under individual transferable quotas regimes) and WP5 (development of an management strategy evaluation and impact assessment).

Description of Personnel involved in the project

Paul Marchal has a background in fish stock assessment and mixed fisheries modeling. Over the past 15 years he has worked in fisheries research labs in England, Denmark, France and New Zealand. Paul has coordinated and/or contributed to several European FP projects pertaining to the impact of management regulations on fleets and stocks dynamics. He has >20 published papers.

Stephanie Mahévas has a phd in probabilistic and statistics modelling. Since 1998, she has worked on fishery dynamics models and statistical data analysis at Ifremer. She has led the research project on the ISISFish simulation model for assessing the impact of spatial management measures on resources and fishing activity. She was involved in several EU-funded project using ISIS-Fish (CAFE, FP6-2005- 022644, TECTAC, Q5RS-2002-01291, UNCOVER, FP6-2004-SSP-4). She has published 24 peerreviewed papers.

Olivier Guyader works as a research fellow in fisheries economics. He is currently Head of the Economics Department. He is also Deputy Director of the joint Ifremer- University of Brest AMURE Research Group. He has been involved in several FP projects dealing with fleet behaviour, bio-economics and fisheries regulation and is currently involved in economic data collection projects for economic assessment of commercial and recreational fisheries.

Claire Macher is a fisheries economist at IFREMER specialized in economics of marine renewable resources, bio-economic modelling and fisheries management. She has a background in bio-economic modelling and impact assessment of fisheries management options. She participated in several research projects on the economics of fisheries modelling and management.

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.