TUBITAK Project, 2015 - 2017
The aim of ecosystem-approach to fisheries management is to provide the sustainability level of target stock via indicators with the minimum impact on other ecosystem components. Fishing activity must consider as a chain activity rather than evaluating it as a single activity between target organism and the the fishermen, which affected all components related to target organism as well as the fishing conditions on related stocks. The main challenge of the approach is that in Turkey, stock assessments cannot be done properly. This is mainly because of the insufficient fish market data as well as the discontinuity of already few stock assessment projects. Based on this motivation, the proposed project will focus on stock status, temporal changes, and future prediction of European hake in the Sea of Marmara with processing the present raw fisheries data which had been taken between the years 1990-2011 from the Sea of Marmara. Within this project, qualitative outputs of the European hake stock in the Sea of Marmara will be available for evaluation of better fisheries management which will be introduced for the first time in Turkish water.