AP Marine Environmental Consultancy Ltd.

Nicosia, Cyprus

AP Marine Environmental Consultancy Ltd.

Nicosia, Cyprus
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Ulman A.,University of British Columbia | Cicek B.A.,Eastern Mediterranean University | Salihoglu I.,Mersin University | Petrou A.,AP Marine Environmental Consultancy Ltd | And 3 more authors.
Environment, Development and Sustainability | Year: 2014

The island of Cyprus has been divided since 1974 into the Turkish Cypriot north and the Greek Cypriot south. Here, we have reconstructed the total marine fishery removals for the island in its entirety, and then for each side. Cyprus's total marine fisheries catches were reconstructed for the 1950-2010 time period by estimating all fishery removals, including unreported commercial, subsistence and recreational catches, and major discards. These estimates were added to the 'officially reported' data, as represented by data submitted by countries to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Such data were submitted by the south, but were absent from the north for years following the 1974 partitioning of the island. The total reconstructed catch for 1950-2010 was nearly 243,000 t, which is 2.6 times the 93,200 t officially reported by FAO on behalf of Cyprus. The unreported components consisted of nearly 57,000 t of large-scale commercial landings, 43,000 t of small-scale commercial landings, 11,000 t each for recreational and subsistence landings and nearly 28,000 t of discards. Improving the accuracy of fishery statistics by accounting for all removals is fundamental for better understanding fisheries resource use thus increasing the opportunities for sustainable development through enhancing fisheries management capacity. © 2014 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht.


Ulman A.,University of British Columbia | Cicek B.A.,Eastern Mediterranean University | Salihoglu I.,Mersin University | Petrou A.,AP Marine Environmental Consultancy Ltd | And 3 more authors.
Environment, Development and Sustainability | Year: 2015

The island of Cyprus has been divided since 1974 into the Turkish Cypriot north and the Greek Cypriot south. Here, we have reconstructed the total marine fishery removals for the island in its entirety, and then for each side. Cyprus’s total marine fisheries catches were reconstructed for the 1950-2010 time period by estimating all fishery removals, including unreported commercial, subsistence and recreational catches, and major discards. These estimates were added to the ‘officially reported’ data, as represented by data submitted by countries to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Such data were submitted by the south, but were absent from the north for years following the 1974 partitioning of the island. The total reconstructed catch for 1950-2010 was nearly 243,000 t, which is 2.6 times the 93,200 t officially reported by FAO on behalf of Cyprus. The unreported components consisted of nearly 57,000 t of large-scale commercial landings, 43,000 t of small-scale commercial landings, 11,000 t each for recreational and subsistence landings and nearly 28,000 t of discards. Improving the accuracy of fishery statistics by accounting for all removals is fundamental for better understanding fisheries resource use thus increasing the opportunities for sustainable development through enhancing fisheries management capacity. © Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2014.


Moraitis M.,University of Crete | Papageorgiou N.,University of Crete | Dimitriou P.D.,University of Crete | Petrou A.,AP Marine Environmental Consultancy Ltd. | Karakassis I.,University of Crete
Aquaculture Environment Interactions | Year: 2013

The spatial effects of 2 tuna farms on the benthic community were investigated in the Eastern Mediterranean during the fattening period. The impact on benthic fauna was assessed in the vicinity of the fish farms (beneath and at various distances from the cages) using a variety of benthic indicators used for the implementation of the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD). There was a general consensus that most of the samples (95%) were acceptable, i.e. of 'good' or 'high' ecological status. The biotic indices were also compared between 2 different mesh sizes, total (resulting from the sum of the fractions of 1 and 0.5 mm mesh fractions) and 1 mm mesh, in order to assess the variability of the results. The indicators showed the same pattern between the 2 different sieve mesh sizes. The variability in the ecological status assigned by each indicator was also examined among the replicates taken from each station. Our results showed that one replicate is not sufficient for monitoring purposes, and we suggest obtaining more replicates while using indicators requiring less taxonomic effort for sample processing. Neither fish farm had a significant impact on benthic communities, due mainly to the exposed nature of the study site. © The authors 2013.

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