Scientific Committee

  • Karim Erzini


    Associate Professor


    Karim ERZINI (1958), Associate professor at University of Algarve (PT) is a specialist in fisheries (population dynamics, impacts of fishing and assessment).

    He is the head of the Coastal Fisheries Research Group (17 persons) ( since 1994.

    He teaches e.g. Population Dynamics, Stock Assessment, Modelling and Fisheries technology / BSc/Master Biology and Marine Biology, Master in Aquaculture and Fisheries and in the ERASMUS MUNDUS Master of Marine Biodiversity and Conservation (EMBC).

    He has supervised 10 completed PhDs (5 defended in the last 5 years), with 5 ongoing PhDs.

    In total he has 93 refereed publications in fish/ fisheries biology, ecology, population dynamics and oceanography.

    He has coordinated 8 international and 2 national projects
    University of Algarve - Campus da Penha Faro 8005-139 Portugal
    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. +351 289 800100 ext. 7237

  • Rainer Froese


    Project leader and coordinator of FishBase


    Rainer Froese is the project leader and coordinator of FishBase, the largest and most widely used biological information system available on the web. He was one of the architects of FishBase, having been involved since its inception in 1990 at the International Center for Living Aquatic Resources Management (ICLARM) in Manila, Philippines. Previously, he worked on life history strategies of fish larvae and on computer-aided identification systems at IfM.

    Fish are the largest group of vertebrates, with about 30,000 species, and interact with countless other species. Froese's research focuses on biodiversity and population dynamics of fishes with the goal of conservation and sustainable management in mind. He prefers data-rich approaches that emphasize commonalities rather than differences between species. He claims that the often-heard statement "Nothing is known about fish X" is usually not true because reasonable first estimates with error margins can be made for many life history traits if the maximum length and age at first maturity are known.

    Getting the scientific names right is a precondition to any serious work in biodiversity.Froese therefore accepted in 1995 an invitation to join the Species 2000 Project Management Team, an initiative to establish an authoritative checklist of scientific names for all organisms on earth.

    Froese considers the intelligent merging of available biological and environmental data as one of the main tasks of the new field of biodiversity. In 2001 he accepted an invitation to join an international committee to establish an Ocean Biogeographic Information System, which is intended to make use of the Internet by combining occurrence and abundance data for marine species with oceanographic data sets.
    Duesternbrooker Weg 20 Kiel D-24105 Germany 
    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. +49 431 600 4579  +49 431 600 1699 

  • Sergi Tudela


    Head of WWF Mediterranean Fisheries Programme


    Dr. Sergi Tudela is a bluefin tuna expert from Barcelona, Spain, who heads the Mediterranean Fisheries Programme for the World Wildlife Fund.

    Dr. Tudela is also involved in continued active research into genetic sequencing in tunas and ecosystem effects of overfishing, among other things, at the University of Girona/Catalonia.

    Dr. Tudela has led WWF's delegation to the International Commission for the Conservations of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) for almost a decade, and has been instrumental in raising awareness among both policy makers, the market and global media about the plight of one of the most iconic species swimming the oceans - yet also one of the most endangered.
    WWF MedPO Rome Italy
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About Us

PROTOMEDEA stands for "Towards the establishment of Marine Protected Area Networks in the Eastern Mediterranean"

The project will be running for 36 months, from December 2015 to November 2018

and the level of funding amounts to EUR 600.000.