Consortium for the Inter-University Centre of Marine Biology and Applied Ecology (CIBM)


Details and expertise of the project partners

Mario Sbrana.

Master Degree in Biological Sciences (1988) and PhD in Marine Ecology (1995). More than 30 years of experience in the sector. Since 2002, he is involved in the activities carried out under the EU DCF.

His work focuses on fishery studies, fish population dynamics, stock assessment, selectivity of set nets and bottom trawling and experiments on the use of less impacting alternative gears. Co-author of more than 40 papers on international journals. He was the scientific coordinator of the EU Project “Improving the selectivity of trawl gears in the Mediterranean Sea to advance the exploitation pattern of trawl fisheries (IMPLEMED)”.

Alessandro Ligas.

Master Degree in Biological Sciences and PhD in Marine Ecology (University of Pisa, Italy). More than 15 years of experience in fisheries science. His research focuses on the population dynamics and time series analysis of marine fish and shellfish stocks.

Project leader at the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI), Belfast, UK, from 2012 to 2014. Chairman of the GFCM Working Group on Stock Assessment of Demersal species (WGSAD) in the Mediterranean from 2016 to 2018. Coordinator of the EU Projects RECFISH, STREAM, and STREAMLINE. Member of the STECF, and vice-chair of the GFCM SAC.

Paolo Sartor.

Master Degree in Biological Sciences (1988) and PhD in Fishery Biology (1993). His work focuses on fish and shellfish population dynamics, stock assessment, gear selectivity, impact of fishing gears, discard assessment. Since 2002, he has been involved in the Data Collection Framework.

In the last 15 years, he has coordinated and participated to a range of EU and Italian national research projects/grants (e.g. EVOMED, LANDMED, DRIFTMED, etc.) and he is the author/co-author of numerous scientific publications. Currently, he holds the position of researcher at CIBM, and is coordinator of the activities under the EU DCF carried out for the FAO-GFCM GSA9.

Claudio Viva.

Master degree in Biological Sciences (University of Pisa, Italy). Since 1988, he is involved in fishery resource evaluation by means of trawl surveys, and has participated to several EU projects. Since 2002, he is participating to the EU data collection framework in the GSA9.

His work focuses on fish population dynamics, stock assessments, set and bottom trawl net selectivity, statistics on landing and discard data, as well as on evolution of fishing effort. From 1994 to 1998 and from 2008 to 2014, he has been contracted as Fishery Inspector at DG MARE (European Commission). His works focused in checking the implementation of CFP by the Member States, drafting evaluation reports of inspection programmes and preparing follow-up action.

Francesco De Carlo.

Master Degree in Marine Biology (2009, Marche Polytechnic University, Ancona, Italy). More than 10 years of experience in fisheries science and fishing gear technology. From 2006 to 2015, he focused his research on the evaluation of the impact and selectivity of towed gears.

During this experience at CNR-ISMAR (Ancona, Italy), he has participated to several national and international projects on the assessment of trawl performance, discard reduction and bycatch mitigation. Since 2015, as member of the research society APLYSIA, he has been working on projects on trawl and wedge clam boat dredge selectivity. He is also involved in the DCF as observer on board commercial fishing vessels.

Claudia Musumeci

Master degree in Marine Biology (University of Pisa, Italy.) Since 2012 she works for CIBM of Livorno.

She is involved in the Data Collection Framework (DCF) activities in the subarea GSA9; she works on management and analysis of fishery data, application of bio-economic and population dynamics models, spatial analysis and statistics on demersal resources data. Since 2015 she also participates to STECF EWG and GFCM working groups on stock assessment of demersal and small pelagic resources.