Title: Vectors of Change in Oceans and Seas Marine Life, Impact on Economic Sectors

Funding Source: EU FP7

Budget IMBBC: 100,000€

Start / End Date: 2011 - 2015

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Project Progress: 100%

Principal Investigator:

Christos Arvanitidis

Project Members:

Research Directions:

Marine biodiversity

Ecology and ecosystem management


The objective of this project was to elucidate the drivers, pressures and vectors that cause change in marine life, the mechanisms by which they do so, the impacts they have on ecosystem structures and functioning, and on the economics of associated marine sectors and society. VECTORS focused particularly on causes and consequences of invasive alien species, outbreak forming species, and changes in fish distribution and productivity. New and existing knowledge was integrated aiming to project changes in marine life, ecosystems and economies under future scenarios for adaptation and mitigation in the light of new technologies, fishing strategies and policy needs. VECTORS has evaluated the current forms and mechanisms of marine governance and policy. Based on the integration of these findings, VECTORS suggested and communicated solutions and tools towards all relevant stakeholders, and finally addressed a complex array of interests comprising areas of concern for marine life and regional development.