MSFD Task Group

Marine Strategy Framework Directive

DIRECTIVE 2008/56/EC OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL  of 17 June 2008 establishing a framework for community action in the field of marine environmental policy (Marine Strategy Framework Directive). THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION, having regard to the Treaty establishing the European Community, and in particular Article 175(1) thereof,  having regard to(…)

Marine Strategy Framework Directive – TG4

Marine Strategy Framework Directive – TG4

The 2008 European Marine Strategy Framework Directive (2008/56/EC) includes a re-quirement for EU Member States to report on the environmental status of the seas under their jurisdiction and to work to achieve Good Environmental Status (GES). This is de-fined by eleven qualitative descriptors, and one of them deals with „Food Webs‟. The Task Group 4 „Food(…)

Marine Strategy Framework Directive – TG 6

Marine Strategy Framework Directive – TG 6

Sea-floor integrity is at a level that ensures that the structure and functions of the ecosystems are safeguarded and benthic ecosystems, in particular, are not adversely affected. Sea Floor includes both the physical structure and biotic composition of the benthic community. Integrity includes the characteristic functioning of natural ecosystem processes and spatial connectedness. There are no(…)

Marine Strategy Framework Directive – TG5

Marine Strategy Framework Directive – TG5

Recommendations for Quality Descriptor TG5: Eutrophication Human-induced eutrophication is minimised, especially adverse effects thereof, such as losses in biodiversity, ecosystem degradation, harmful algae blooms and oxygen deficiency in bottom waters. Definition of terms in Descriptor and understanding of the key concepts Eutrophication is a process driven by enrichment of water by nutrients, especially compounds of nitrogen and/or phosphorus,(…)

Commercially Exploited Fish And Shellfish – TG3

Commercially Exploited Fish And Shellfish – TG3

Populations of all commercially exploited fish and shellfish are within safe biological limits, exhibiting a population age and size distribution that is indicative of a healthy stock. Commercially exploited populations applies to all living marine resources targeted for economic profit. Fish and shellfish represent all marine vertebrate and invertebrate taxa including bonefish, elasmobranchs, starfish, crayfish, bivalves, molluscs (including cuttlefish,(…)

Marine Strategy Framework Directive – TG1

Marine Strategy Framework Directive – TG1

The Marine Strategy Framework Directive (2008/56/EC) (MSFD) requires that the European Commission (by 15 July 2010) should lay down criteria and methodological standards to allow consistency in approach in evaluating the extent to which Good Environmental Status (GES) is being achieved. ICES and JRC were contracted to provide scientific support for the Commission in meeting this obligation.  A total(…)

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