Proyecto REDUCE

Reducing bycatch of threatened marine megafauna in the East Central Atlantic

Reunión del grupo de trabajo internacional para el proyecto europeo REDUCE centrado en la mitigación de capturas incidentales de megafauna marina en el Atlántico Central Oriental.

Grupo de trabajo de todos los colaboradores del proyecto.

duración: 2024-2027

Financiación: Horizon Europe

REDUCE epitomizes the commitment of partner institutions to interdisciplinary research towards reduction of megafauna bycatch. It counts on stakeholder collaboration to help address this critical challenge in marine conservation and sustainable fisheries management. At its core, REDUCE endeavours to facilitate stakeholder efforts to reduce bycatch of marine megafauna in the Eastern Central Atlantic Ocean while informing evidence-based policy decisions. Through the integration of cutting-edge scientific methodologies and robust data analysis, REDUCE seeks to provide actionable insights to safeguard marine biodiversity and promote responsible fisheries practices.

The official project start was the 1st of January 2024 and it will be running for four years since then. This will be the first in-person meeting of the partnership after four months of intense collaboration to set the basic elements for the planned research and development activities. Forty-three delegates representing the partnership and some of the key stakeholder organisations will spend three days sharing knowledge, informing their peers on recent progress and collaboratively  planning for the next project period.

REDUCE Project Meeting Announcement

The University of Barcelona is delighted to announce the convening of a pivotal project meeting in the vibrant city of Barcelona from April 17th to April 20th. This gathering marks a significant step forward in the ongoing efforts under the project “Reducing bycatch of threatened marine megafauna in the East Central Atlantic”, known as REDUCE. It has been recently granted for funding by the European Commission through Horizon Europe.

Participantes internacionales dentro del proyecto REDUCE.

DataFish, como participante acudió a la primera reunión del proyecto presencial en Barcelona, donde se compartieron conocimientos y experiencias desde los puntos fuertes de cada parte y tratar de coordinar los pasos a seguir en el proyecto y cómo proceder para la recogida de los datos científicos.

Es aquí donde DataFish se encargará de la instalación y monitoreo de hasta 20 embarcaciones en la zona de estudio, procediendo con los análisis de las actividades de pesca en las diferentes flotas de estudio y reconociendo las diferentes especies capturadas y liberadas de tiburones, aves,  tortugas, cetáceos, mantas y resto de peces.


The success of REDUCE is made possible through collaboration with 13 partners spanning several countries in Europe and Africa, namely Spain, Portugal, France, Senegal and UK:

  • Universitat de Barcelona
  • Universitat de Valencia
  • Universidade de Coimbra
  • Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas
  • Centro Tecnológico del Mar, Fundación CETMAR
  • Institut de Recherche pour le Développement
  • Associação Biopolis
  • Universidade de Santiago de Compostela
  • Centro Interdisciplinar de Investigação Marinha e Ambiental
  • Partenariat Régional pour la Conservation de la Zone Côtière et Marine en Afrique de l’Ouest
  • Datafish Technology Solutions S.L.

Additionally, REDUCE collaborates with associated partners such as the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom and BirdLife International, further expanding the project’s reach and impact.