Title: Development of innovative measures for the support of commercial sponge fisheries in the Aegean Sea

Funding Source: EP Fisheries

Budget IMBBC: 60,000€

Start / End Date: 2007 - 2008

Web site URL:

Project Progress: 100%

Principal Investigator:

Costas Dounas (retired)

Project Members:

Research Directions:

Ecology and ecosystem management


Five sponge species of high commercial value constitute the sponge stocks harvested in the Aegean Sea. These species have been recognized as a marine resource of substantial importance. Today, as a result of both the absence of an effective management plan and an epidemic disease incident in the Mediterranean, these stocks face a dramatic reduction, resulting to the decline of sponge fisheries as an economic branch. The ongoing project aims at the effective management of this biological resource in a sustainable approach, through 3 axes: