COCKLES EAPA_458/2016



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Co-operation for restoring cockle shellfisheries and its ecosystem-services in the Atlantic Area

Call 2016
Priority 4. Enhancing biodiversity and the natural and cultural assets
Objective 4.1. Improving the protection of biodiversity and ecosytems services

Lead partner:

Centro Tecnológico del Mar, Fundación CETMAR
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ERDF funding 2.711.683,20 €
Total budget 3.615.577,60 €
Duration 2017-10-01 - 2020-09-30

Summary

Cockles provides meaningful environmental, societal, cultural, as well as economic benefits to coastal communities in the five Atlantic Area countries, but are threatened by disease and sub-optimal management.
The Cockles project will restore production and the services provided by this emblematic resource, threatened by disease outbreaks and suboptimal management. Developing aquaculture, resistant strains and recovering natural stocks, optimizing management and upskilling stakeholders will aid recovering resources, increase the understanding of ecosystem services and boost coastal economies of Atlantic Area.
This project has the following objectives:
- To assess the health, diversity and inter-relationships of cockle populations across the Atlantic Area by characterising population dynamics, genetic diversity and larval transport, threats from disease, pollution, invasive species and climate;
-To quantify the wider economic, societal and cultural benefits from ecosystem services provided by cockles (fishery, aquaculture, biodiversity, food for birds, tourism, cultural services), by surveys, interviews and socio-economic analysis;
-To provide new techniques for cockle management by developing new technology and procedures for cockle bed restoration, hatchery technology for seed production, selective breeding programmes to produce disease-resistant and fast growing strains, and conservation of genetic structure/diversity;
-To provide guidance on best practice for producers, administrations, environmental agencies, and NGOs, by evaluating and sharing best practice across the Atlantic Area and optimizing management through mutual learning.
This will result in improved cockle production, a strong, viable and sustainable industry, with recognised societal and biodiversity benefits.

Project website: www.cockles-project.eu

Partner Location
1 Centro Tecnológico del Mar, Fundación CETMAR Galicia (ES)
2 Consellería do Mar, Xunta de Galicia Galicia (ES)
3 UNIVERSIDADE DE SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA Galicia (ES)
4 UNIVERSITE DE BORDEAUX Aquitaine (FR)
5 University College Cork Southern and Eastern (IE)
6 Bangor University West Wales and The Valleys (UK)
7 NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Bangor West Wales and The Valleys (UK)
8 Groupe d'Etude des Milieux Estuariens et Littoraux Hautes-de-France (FR)
9 Cyfoeth Naturiol Cymru West Wales and The Valleys (UK)
10 Instituto Português do Mar e da Atmosfera, I.P. Lisboa (PT)
11 Universidade de Aveiro Centro (PT)
12 Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa Lisboa (PT)
13 Université de Caen Normandie Basse Normandie (FR)
14 Marine Institute Ireland Border, Midland and Western (IE)
15 Institut français de recherche pour l'exploitation de la mer Nouvelle Aquitaine (FR)
16 Fédération des Sociétés pour l’Etude, la Protection, et l’Aménagement de la Nature dans le Sud-Ouest Nouvelle Aquitaine (FR)
17 Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique Délégation Aquitaine Nouvelle Aquitaine (FR)
18 CONFRARÍA DE PESCADORES SAN ANTONIO DE CAMBADOS Galicia (ES)
19 Secretaría Xeral de Calidade e Avaliación Ambiental-Xunta de Galicia Galicia (ES)
20 Instituto Tecnolóxico para o Control do Medio Mariño de Galicia Galicia (ES)
21 Formosa, Cooperativa de Viveiristas da Ria Formosa, C.R.L. Algarve (PT)
22 Instituto da Conservação da Natureza e das Florestas Lisboa (PT)
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