|FADIO I a european project|
FADIO I was built around two principal objectives in order to, in the long term, transform FADs into observatories of the pelagic ecosystems:
1. Development of prototypes: new electronic tags and instrumented buoys to observe fish aggregations around FADs.
2. Improvement of knowledge on the behaviour of pelagic fish around FADs.
To achieve these objectives, the FADIO I team carried out 5 cruises off the Seychelles, as well as experiments in tanks at the Hawaï Institute of Marine Biology (Hawaii, U.S.A.).
FADIO was a research project financed by the DG Research of the European Union (5th FP, Contrat #QLRI-CT-2002-02773).
The project lasted almost 4 years (January 2003-October 2006).
The budget was of: 1,38 € million from the DG Research, 1,32 € million from partners, 42000 € from French and Spanish associations of tuna purse seiners.
FADIO gathered 10 partners from France, Spain, Norway, Greece, Belgium, the United States and the Seychelles, for a total of approximately 30 scientists.
Five PhD theses were done under the project: 2 French, 1 Spanish, 1 Greek, 1 American.
To optimize the effectiveness of research, FADIO researches were structured by working groups (Work Package WP), each group constituting a project in its own, to answer the two principal objectives of the project.
Below are the headings of the WP with the corresponding main results
> Publications : to reach the publications carried out during FADIO I, click here
> Booklets: distributed to skippers of the European fleet in the Seychelles
>Photos : More than 6 000 digital photos in a database, which can be used by FADIO scientists to illustrate their research activities
>Video Clips : Five 3-minute video clips to illustrate each scientific cruise, accessible by the site from Canal IRD (seek Thema 2 FADIO).
>DVD : a DVD in 4 languages (french, english, spanish, greek) gathering all movies, a selection of the best photos, main results, and a presentation of the actors and tools used during the project. To get the DVD, please make a request to Laurent Dagorn(firstname.lastname@example.org)
>Posters : Posters presenting the main results of the project at scientific symposia, fishermen exhibitions, and the FADIO exhibition at the Oceanographic Museum in Monaco.