DTU Aqua provides scientific advice to both Danish and international authorities on sustainable utilisation of living aquatic resources and the impact of human activities on the aquatic environment.
For many years, DTU Aqua has been providing scientific advice to both Danish and international authorities on sustainable utilisation of living aquatic resources and the impact of human activities on the aquatic environment.
Advice are primarily supplied within the following core areas:
- Evaluation of the development of fish and shellfish stocks
- Catch opportunities
- Fisheries management
- The effects of fishery and other human activities on the marine ecosystem and on the fish and shellfish stocks
- Restoration of fish and shellfish stocks
- Restoration of habitats for fish and shellfish
- Aquaculture production
The scientific advice is founded on the institute’s monitoring of fisheries and fish stocks, and its research into aquatic ecosystems, the dynamics of fisheries and fish stocks, fishery technology and the effects of management measures.
Most of DTU Aqua’s research projects are intended to strengthen the basis for the advice and consultancy that the institute provides for public authorities. Public sector consultancy accounts for two-thirds of the institute’s financial basis.
Contracts with Danish and foreign authorities and organizations
The biggest contract DTU Aqua has on scientific advice is with the Ministry of Environment and Food of Denmark. This contract comprises monitoring of fisheries and fish and shellfish stocks, advising public authorities, the fishing industry and sector organizations, and research designed to support advisory and monitoring activities.
Moreover, DTU Aqua has in accordance with the EU Data Collection Framework a comprehensive monitoring and advisory contract with the Danish managing authority of the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF), Danish Agrifish Agency.
A significant part of the biological advice on fisheries management is conducted via the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) and the European Commission’s Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries (STECF). DTU Aqua represents Denmark on the ICES Advisory Council and participates in the ICES Advisory and Science Committees as well as around 80 expert groups. Currently, DTU Aqua provides the Advisory Committee (ACOM) chair and the first vice president of ICES. In STECF, DTU Aqua provides the present chair.
Furthermore, DTU Aqua advises international organizations and regional fishery commissions such as the North East Atlantic Fisheries Commission (NEAFC), Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission (Helsinki Commission, HELCOM), OSPAR Commission and the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization (NASCO).
In recent years, DTU Aqua has started to conduct scientific advice in the area of the environment, advising the Ministry of Environment and Food of Denmark on for example anthropogenic effect of fisheries in relation to the Habitat Directive, the Water Directive and the implementation of the EU’s Marine Strategy Framework Directive.
In addition, DTU Aqua has a partnership agreement with the Greenland Institute of Natural Resources, which involves advising Greenlandic authorities in selected areas in international advisory and fisheries management bodies.