History of hydroacoustic surveys of small pelagic fish species in the European Mediterranean Sea

Type Article
Date 2021
Language English
Author(s) Leonori IoleORCID1, Tičina VjekoslavORCID2, Giannoulaki Marianna3, Hattab Tarek4, Iglesias Magdalena5, Bonanno Angelo6, Costantini Ilaria1, Canduci Giovanni1, Machias Athanassios3, Ventero Ana5, Somarakis Stylianos3, Tsagarakis Konstantinos3, Bogner Danijela2, Barra Marco7, Basilone Gualtiero6, Genovese Simona6, Juretić Tea2, Gašparević Denis2, de Felice Andrea1
Affiliation(s) 1 : National Research Council (CNR), Institute of Marine Biological Resources and Biotechnologies, SS Ancona, Largo Fiera della Pesca, 1 - 60125 Ancona, Italy
2 : Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries (IOF), Šet. I. Meštrovića 63, 21000 Split, Croatia
3 : Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR), Institute of Marine Biological Resources and Inland Waters, Iraklion, Greece
4 : MARBEC, Univ. Montpellier, CNRS, Ifremer, IRD Sète, avenue Jean Monet, Sète Cedex, France
5 : Instituto Español de Oceanografía, Centro Oceanográfico de Baleares, Muelle de Poniente s/n, 07015 Palma de Mallorca, Spain
6 : National Research Council (CNR), Institute for the Study of the Anthropic Impacts and Sustainability of the Marine Environment, SS Capo Granitola, Campobello di Mazara, Italy
7 : National Research Council (CNR), Institute of Marine Sciences, SS Napoli, Italy
Source Mediterranean Marine Science (1108-393X) (National Documentation Centre (EKT)), 2021 , Vol. 22 , N. 4 , P. 751-768
DOI 10.12681/mms.26001
WOS© Times Cited 15
Note Contribution to the Special Issue: “MEDiterranean International Acoustic Surveys (MEDIAS)”
Keyword(s) Acoustic survey, Mediterranean Sea, small pelagic, anchovy, sardine, MEDIAS

The study of small pelagic fish by hydroacoustic methods in the Mediterranean Sea began in the Adriatic in the 1950’s. Since 2009, internationally coordinated, extensive, regular surveys have been conducted in the framework of the MEDIAS - Mediterranean International Acoustic Surveys – action, under the EU Data Collection Framework, to provide inputs for the management of small pelagics, particularly European anchovy (Engraulis encrasicolus) and European sardine (Sardina pilchardus). The surveys cover EU Mediterranean waters and monitor the distribution and abundance of small pelagic species using a common protocol. The hydroacoustic surveys, historically conducted by each EU State separately, have since been standardized and harmonized. We review their evolution from the beginning to the present and discuss their future prospects. We also report the historical time series of anchovy, sardine and other small pelagics in different areas and describe the spatial and temporal distribution of small pelagic species in decadal maps of the major areas of their distribution in the European Mediterranean Sea. Furthermore, we discuss the use of MEDIAS data for stock assessment purposes, the collection of auxiliary information for an Ecosystem Based Management (EBM) approach, the need for further standardization and future challenges.

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Leonori Iole, Tičina Vjekoslav, Giannoulaki Marianna, Hattab Tarek, Iglesias Magdalena, Bonanno Angelo, Costantini Ilaria, Canduci Giovanni, Machias Athanassios, Ventero Ana, Somarakis Stylianos, Tsagarakis Konstantinos, Bogner Danijela, Barra Marco, Basilone Gualtiero, Genovese Simona, Juretić Tea, Gašparević Denis, de Felice Andrea (2021). History of hydroacoustic surveys of small pelagic fish species in the European Mediterranean Sea. Mediterranean Marine Science, 22(4), 751-768. Publisher's official version : https://doi.org/10.12681/mms.26001 , Open Access version : https://archimer.ifremer.fr/doc/00760/87247/