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NISEA is a cooperative company established in Salerno (Italy), where it is based, in 2013. The company is mainly involved in scientific research for the primary sector, with a special focus on fisheries and aquaculture. With a specific experience in the field of economics and management of marine fisheries, NISEA prepares and develops studies and research projects regarding the whole fisheries sector at both national and international level. The scientific activities of the company embrace all sectors of the fishing industry: catching, aquaculture, processing, marketing, etc.. NISEA is also involved in the technical assistance to the government for the production of statistics and the definition of management plans for the sector. NISEA provides support to companies and public bodies in environmental issues, management systems, the design and management of sustainable development processes related to the fisheries sector.

The company was founded on the initiative of a group of researchers coming from Irepa (Institute of Economic Research in Fisheries and Aquaculture) in order to continue the thirty-year experience of the institution of origin. The wide range of research activities carried out by NISEA staff allowed the company to acquire skills in different subjects, like bio-economic modelling, quantitative methods for the evaluation of public strategies of intervention, the impact assessment of biological and environmental factors on the socio-economic system, the definition of socio-economic indicators for an ex-post evaluation of management policies, the assessment of fisheries and aquaculture impacts on local economies, etc.

NISEA staff has participated in many studies and research projects at European and international level, taking coordination and scientific responsibility in some cases. NISEA staff research activities has produced several technical reports and scientific publications in national and international peer reviewed journals. The members of NISEA participate as experts in several scientific and technical committees, such as:

  • Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries (STECF) of the European Commission;
  • General Fisheries Committee for the Mediterranean - Scientific Advisory Committee (GFCM – SAC) of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO);
  • General Fisheries Committee for the Mediterranean - Committee on Aquaculture (GFCM - CAQ) of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO);
  • The Fisheries Committee of the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development).


NISEA will act as leader of WP5, impact assessment. NISEA will also be involved in the Mediterranean & Black Sea case study.

Description of Personnel involved in the project

Loretta Malvarosa is a senior researcher working at NISEA since 2013. Her main research areas deal with fishery economics and statistics. In 2001 she has worked, as an external consultant at FAO, fishery division in the analysis of the Mediterranean fishery. As fishery economist she has been involved in a number of EU funded projects, of which some of them concern The Significance of Economic Incentives in Fisheries Management under the CFP, fishermen perceptions and compliance (FISHREG), the development and application of a CGEM to analyse the contribution of halieutic activities to regional development (PECHDEV), the territorial impacts of the CFP (ESPON), the costs and benefits of control strategies (COBECOS). Since 2005, she is also involved in analysis and elaboration of data under the Data Collection Regulation. In the latest years she has been involved in the STECF/SGECA working groups and since 2009 she is member of the STECF.

Paolo Accadia is a fishery economist working at NISEA since 2013. He has a consolidate experience in the analysis of socio-economic aspects of Mediterranean fisheries. Since 2004, he is a member of the Sub-Committee on Economic and Social Sciences (SCESS), Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC), FAO-GFCM. In the last 5 years, his research activities have been mainly directed to the development of bio-economic models and the evaluation of management measures. He has been involved in several EU funded projects, like BEMMFISH, Bio-Economic Modelling of Mediterranean FISHeries, EFIMAS, Operational Evaluation Tools for Fisheries Management Options, and COBECOS, Costs and Benefits of Control Strategies. He has also worked in EU studies, like ESIF, Energy Saving in Fisheries, and the “Survey of existing bio-economic models”, and participated in a number of STECF working groups.

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.