Deadline: 11 June 2020
FRB, with the support of France Filière Pêche, calls on the scientific community to submit projects to CESAB based on the analysis and synthesis of existing data, as well as the modelling of the effects of climate change on the biodiversity of European fish stocks and associated fisheries (North-East Atlantic and Mediterranean).
In this context, the Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries (EAF) proposed by the FAO recognizes the importance of the ecosystems on which the renewal of exploited resources depends; it addresses the ecosystem effects of fishing and forcing that influence the dynamics of exploited systems, as well as the economic, social and governance dimensions of associated fisheries. EAF puts biodiversity (genetic, specific, functional, etc.) of fish stocks at the forefront and considers exploited species in the context of their interactions within ecosystems. Climate change is an additional pressure on fish stocks that urgently need to be quantified and understood in order to preserve the biodiversity of fish resources and the sustainability of the fisheries that depend on them.
The project submitted should make possible the synthesis and interpretation of the responses observed over the last few decades, and the responses expected under different future climate scenarios on different scales:
- at the stock level, from genes to populations;
- at the level of exploited marine ecosystems;
- at the level of fisheries and seafood product chains;
- at the level of governance systems.
The main objective of CESAB is to generate new knowledge from existing data. Particular attention will be paid to knowledge transfer. The following are expected: scientific publications and all other forms of dissemination of knowledge to managers and stakeholders, open access modelling platforms, software, websites, databases, organization of an international workshop, a training session, participation in conferences, presentations at major conferences or official events. The working groups will provide an interim report (18 months) and a final report (36 months) possible. Multidisciplinary groups or groups including stakeholders fisheries sector from are encouraged, without this being a mandatory selection criterion.
A post-doctoral fellow will be recruited by the FRB for 30 months. The selection will be made by the project coordinator, the working group, the financial partners if any, and the CESAB management. This function implies a strong scientific activity and a full involvement in the functioning of the project. The post-doctoral fellow will be based in the CESAB premises in Montpellier and will have several weeks per year to interact directly with the project coordinator between meetings of the group.
- One post-doctoral student located in Montpellier in the premises of CESAB for a period of 30 months,
- 6 meetings of the group (consisting of a maximum of 14 experts). The working group will meet at CESAB twice a year for periods of 5 days, for maximum project duration of 3 years.
- 2 meetings of the group with the funders (FFP, FRB) of 2 days for the launching of the project and its restitution/perspectives organized at the end of the project.
- A computer (within the limit of 2000 euros) for the post-doctoral student.
- Assignment equivalent to 30 days per year to ensure the link between the coordinator and the post-doctoral student.
- Publication costs up to a limit of 6000 euros.
- Participation in two international symposia for the post-doctoral fellow within the limit of 6000 euros.
- A non-scientific restitution seminar at the end of the project, within the limit of 4000 euros.
- Carbon offsetting of meetings up to a limit of 3000 euros.
The project coordinator will be a recognized scientist, affiliated to a French research organisation, and the working group will consist of a maximum of 14 experts.
Projects will be selected according to the following criteria : (i) the scientific excellence and innovative character of the project, (ii) the relevance to the theme of the call and to the objectives of CESAB, (iii) the quality of the working group established (i.e. the relevance of the skills brought together and the level of expertise in relation to the topic addressed), (iv) the feasibility of the work programme, (v) the importance of the proposed activities for the dissemination of knowledge and data, (vi) the links with national (and international) initiatives.
For more information, visit https://www.fondationbiodiversite.fr/en/calls/joint-call-for-proposals-frb-cesab-france-filiere-peche/