Final Outputs of the Myfish Project Now Available

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The final results and outputs of the four-year EU funded Myfish (Maximising yield of fisheries while balancing ecosystem, economic and social concerns) project are now available on the project’s website:

Myfish was an EU Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) funded project which aimed to define an operational framework for the implementation of the Maximum Sustainable Yield (MSY) concept in European waters. MSY refers to the largest long term average catch that can be taken from a fish stock under existing environmental conditions.

The European Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) has made a commitment to direct management of fish stocks towards achieving MSY. However, managing fisheries to obtain MSY in practice is challenging because achieving MSY for an individual stock can hamper the achievement of MSY for other stocks and compromise ecological, environmental, economic, or social aims.

The objective of the Myfish project was to address these difficulties. The project concentrated on the five main areas for European fisheries: the North Sea, the Baltic Sea, the Mediterranean Sea, western waters (Celtic Sea, Irish Sea, Bay of Biscay and Iberian Sea) and widely ranging fish (encompassing the pan-regional pelagic stocks such as tuna and herring). Social aspects were integrated throughout the project by active involvement of stakeholders in the definition and evaluation of MSY variants.

The final outputs of the project, including the Myfish Legacy booklet, the third Myfish Newsletter and a Policy Brief are now available to download.

The third Myfish project newsletter was intended to inform fisheries managers and stakeholders of the advantages and disadvantages of different options for fisheries management within the framework of MSY. The newsletter summarises updates and project outcomes for the five regional Myfish case-studies. Simplified versions of the Myfish “Decision Support Tables”, which are user-friendly guides to help fisheries stakeholders with making decisions on how much fish can be caught considering economic, ecosystem and social aspects, are also included.

The Myfish Policy Brief outlines how the results of the project are relevant to fisheries management, which challenges have been solved and which challenges still remain. This document was presented to fisheries policy stakeholders at the Myfish Policy Information Meeting on 25 February 2016, where the use of the results obtained in the project were discussed.

The Myfish Legacy booklet highlights the key outcomes of the project, recommendations made for fisheries management and reflections from stakeholders regarding their experience engaging with the project.

Myfish Project Coordinator, Anna Rindorf said: “The Myfish project has been a journey into the unknown, attempting to satisfy the broad range of ecosystem, economic, social and governance objectives while the new CFP was only just entering into force. We have challenged ourselves and the NGO, industry and management stakeholders joining us in the process with high aspirations to provide the scientific advice needed to make relevant, effective and informed policy decisions.”


More information about the Myfish project can be found on its website:

For press queries please contact the Project Coordinator, Anna Rindorf (email:


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