€2 Million Aiming to Provide Information Services for the Fishery and Aquaculture Sectors

Published: 20 February 2020

Much of the world’s population and economy is centered in coastal areas. Natural processes and human activity have continuously shaped the coast and its ecology. Because of growing populations, sea-related activities are also increasing. To achieve a knowledge-based balance between the benefits and possible damage to society and nature we need more information. Available data and knowledge from industry, research and citizens needs to be collected and merged into a support tool for the sector.

Using available knowledge to create useful coastal information

The European Union, under the Horizon 2020 programme, has granted €2 million to provide information services that offer high resolution water quality and met-ocean indicators in coastal and nearshore areas.

The FORCOAST (Earth Observation Services for Wild Fisheries, Oysterground Restoration and Bivalve Mariculture along European Coasts) project’s goal is to improve operation, planning and management of different marine activities in the aquaculture sector. In this way FORCOAST is actually zooming in on the work that is done in another European project HiSea, but including other regional seas, and incorporating different requirements and bottlenecks for implementation.

Earth observation, modelling and monitoring integration

The H2020-funded FORCOAST project takes a step in this direction by bringing the coastal water quality and met-ocean information closer to the users. The information and services will be co-designed with stakeholders, thereby ensuring that these are tailored to meet their needs. FORCOAST will develop, test and demonstrate novel operational Copernicus-based downstream information services by incorporating Copernicus Marine, Land and Climate Services Products, local monitoring data and advanced modelling in the service. Furthermore, FORCOAST will make use of on of the DIAS (Data and Information Access Services) which will help to develop the data access and cloud processing service. The provided services will be applied in eight pilot sites covering five different European coastal areas (i.e. North Sea, Baltic Sea, Mediterranean Sea, Black Sea and the coastal Atlantic Ocean). The outcome of FORCOAST is therefore a novel commercial service platform that will provide Copernicus-based downstream information of coastal services to a variety of stakeholders.

Mariculture activities in the Black Sea, Romania

Pilot sites

The FORCOAST platform will cover information services in five different regional waters, each of them performing their own activities, for eight pilot sites:

Sado Estuary; Portugal Bivalve mariculture
Bay of Biscay; Spain Wild fisheries
Black Sea; Bulgaria Wild fisheries
Southern North Sea; Belgium Oyster, mussel and seaweed farming
Galway Bay; Ireland Bivalve mariculture and fisheries
Baltic-North Sea; Denmark Bivalve mariculture and oysterground restoration
Black Sea; Romania, Bulgaria and Ukraine Bivalve mariculture and oysterground restoration
Northern Adriatic Sea; Italy Bivalve mariculture

Bivalve production the Sado Estuary Portugal

A successful kick-off meeting was held in Scheveningen in November last year, where 19 partners (out of 21) from The Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Romania and Bulgaria attended. Ghada El Serafy from Deltares is coordinating this project.

For further information please visit:

website: www. forcoast.eu

on Twitter @forcoast_eu

Linkedin :www.linkedin.com/company/forcoast/