Intelligent Oceanographically‐Based Short‐Term Fishery Forecasting Applications

The project "Intelligent Oceanographically‐Based Short‐Term Fishery Forecasting Applications" (GOFORIT) investigates four economically important fish species from the North and South of Europe: North Sea sandeel, Icelandic capelin, Black Sea anchovy and Black Sea sprat. These species all can be classified as short lived fish species. 

Fisheries for short lived species are highly variable because they primarily target a low number of age groups within stocks as well as irregularly recruiting year-classes. As a result, environmental fluctuations (e.g., temperature, food abundance), which cause major changes in fish productivity, can lead to rapid fluctuations in fishing opportunities and stock declines if fishing effort is not reduced accordingly. Such fluctuations are not foreseen or accommodated by management advisory frameworks for short-lived species, which generally assume environmental stability and constant productivity.

The GOFORIT project will use climatic and oceanographic process knowledge with the goal to improve short-term fishery forecasts. 

GOFORIT runs from April 2015 to April 2018. 


The consortium includes five full partners and one associated partner:

  • Technical University of Denmark
  • Marine Research Institute, Iceland
  • National Institute for Marine Research and Development, Rumania
  • Central Fisheries Research Institute and Institute of Marine Sciences (subcontractor), Turkey  
  • Institute of Fisheries and Marine Ecology, Ukraine (associated partner) 

The project is funded by

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Project coordinator

Professor Brian MacKenzie 

National Institute of Aquatic Resources
Technical University of Denmark  

Email: brm@aqua.dtu.dk
Ph. +45 3588 3445

23 JANUARY 2022