THUNNUS UK

The University of Exeter and the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) have embarked upon a multi-year scientific study, "THUNNUS UK", supported by the Department for Food, Environment and Rural Affairs (Defra), EU Interreg IV (FISH-INTEL) and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and in collaboration with the Tuna Research and Conservation Center of Stanford University, to provide robustunderstanding of the ecology and distribution of Atlantic bluefin tuna that migrate to waters of southwest England.

The University of Exeter and the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) have embarked upon a multi-year scientific study, "THUNNUS UK", supported by the Department for Food, Environment and Rural Affairs (Defra), EU Interreg IV (FISH-INTEL) and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and in collaboration with the Tuna Research and Conservation Center of Stanford University, to provide robustunderstanding of the ecology and distribution of Atlantic bluefin tuna that migrate to waters of southwest England.

THE ORGANISATIONS 

THE ORGANISATIONS 

The University of Exeter is a Russell Group university that combines world-class research with very high levels of student satisfaction. Exeter has over 21,000 students and is in the top one per cent of universities worldwide. Exeter is also ranked 14th in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018 and 13th in the Guardian University Guide 2018. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, the University ranked 16th nationally, with 98% of its research rated as being of international quality.

The University of Exeter is a Russell Group university that combines world-class research with very high levels of student satisfaction. Exeter has over 21,000 students and is in the top one per cent of universities worldwide. Exeter is also ranked 14th in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018 and 13th in the Guardian University Guide 2018. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, the University ranked 16th nationally, with 98% of its research rated as being of international quality.

Cefas is the UK’s largest and most diverse marine science organisation and is an Executive Agency of Defra. Cefas has been a world-leader in fish tracking and behaviour since the 1970s, beginning with acoustic tracking on European plaice in the North Sea, and continuing today with investigations into the UK and Atlantic migrations of many species, including species of commercial and conservation interest. 

FISH-INTEL

THUNNUS UK is funded by the EU Interreg project FISH-INTEL (Fisheries Innovation for sustainable SHared INTEerchanneEL resources), which seeks to enhance and protect the coastal and transitional water ecosystems. The project aims to increase the proportion of ‘transitional sites’ with Good or High Ecological Status across the Channel region. This will be achieved by identifying the most important seabed habitats for a selection of fish species (seabass, pollock, crawfish and bluefin tuna), and facilitating Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management (EBFM) to enhance the condition of these habitats. The project works with 12 partners across the UK, France and Belgium using innovative technology to establish pilot sites, build capacity, network across borders and provide evidence to support EBFM.

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