The Consorzio per il Centro Interuniversitario di Biologia Marina ed Ecologia Applicata “Guido Bacci” (CIBM) is a non-profit making organisation constituted by the Municipality of Livorno and the Universities of Bologna, Florence, Modena, Siena, Pisa and Turin. It was funded in 1967.

Since 1983, CIBM is included in the Italian National Research Register of the University and Research Ministry and it obtained the acknowledgement by former Merchant Marine Ministry as Scientific Institute in the fishery and oceanology sectors. Since 2009, the quality management system of CIBM is in compliance with the standard UNI EN ISO 9001:2008 (certificate n. 1984409/S).

The CIBM Marine Fisheries Team will be involved in this proposal; they have more than 30 years of experience in the demersal resources evaluation, in monitoring of trawl and artisanal fisheries. CIBM has participated in numerous studies on the selectivity of fishing nets and on the use of less impacting gears in order to reduce the discard in both fixed and towed gears. Since 2002, CIBM is involved in the Data Collection Framework activities for biological samplings and trawl survey in the FAO-GFCM Geographical Sub-area 9 (Ligurian and northern Tyrrhenian Sea).
They have participated and coordinated several EU funded projects. In recent years, they coordinated the STREAM project under the Call MARE/2016/22, and the RECFISH project (EASME/EMFF/2016/032). Currently they are coordinating the IMPLEMED project (EASME/EMFF/2016/032), focused to improve to improve the selectivity of bottom trawling to advance the exploitation pattern of demersal species.

Work Package

WP5, WP6, WP7, WP8


Carlo Pretti

Director of CIBM, researcher

His works focuses on ecotoxicology, assessing the effects of chemical contamination at molecular, cell and organism level in marine and freshwater organisms under a climate change scenery. In addition another topic is represented by the study of fouling and its counteracting strategies. He is author of 106 publication on peer reviewed journals (SCOPUS ID: 6603455945). Ha has been involved in several national and EU projects (e.g. Interreg IMPACT, FCT Portugal: BISPECIAI)

Paolo Sartor


His work focuses on fish and shellfish population dynamics, stock assessment, gear selectivity, impact of fishing gears, discard assessment. Since 2002, he has been involved in the Data Collection Framework. In the last 15 years, he has coordinated and participated to a range of EU and Italian national research projects/grants (e.g. EVOMED, LANDMED, DRIFTMED, etc.) and he is the author/co-author of numerous scientific publications. Currently, he holds the position of researcher at CIBM, and is coordinator of the activities under the EU DCF carried out for the FAO-GFCM GSA9.

Mario Sbrana


More than 30 years of experience in the sector.  Since 2002, he is involved in the activities carried out under the EU DCF. His work focuses on fishery studies, fish population dynamics, stock assessment, selectivity of set nets and bottom trawling and experiments on the use of less impacting alternative gears. Co-author of more than 40 papers on international journals. Currently, he is the scientific coordinator of the EU Project “Improving the selectivity of trawl gears in the Mediterranean Sea to advance the exploitation pattern of trawl fisheries (IMPLEMED)”.

Alessandro Ligas


More than 15 years of experience in fisheries science. His research focuses on the population dynamics and time series analysis of marine fish and shellfish stocks. Project leader at the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI), Belfast, UK, from 2012 to 2014. Chairman of the GFCM Working Group on Stock Assessment of Demersal species (WGSAD) in the Mediterranean from 2016 to 2018, and is now STECF member. Coordinator of  the EU Projects  RECFISH and STREAM. Currently, he is the scientific coordinator of the EU Project “Streamlining the establishment of regional work plans in the Mediterranean and Black Sea” (STREAMLINE).

Claudio Viva


Since 1988, he is involved in fishery resource evaluation by means of trawl surveys, and has participated to several EU projects. Since 2002, he is participating to the EU data collection framework in the GSA9. His work focuses on fish population dynamics, stock assessments, set and bottom trawl net selectivity, statistics on landing and discard data, as well as on evolution of fishing effort. From 1994 to 1998 and from 2008 to 2014, he has been contracted as Fishery Inspector at DG MARE (European Commission). His works focused in checking the implementation of CFP by the Member States, drafting evaluation reports of inspection  programmes and preparing follow-up action.

Claudia Musumeci


Since 2012 she works for CIBM of Livorno. She is involved in the Data Collection Framework (DCF) activities in the subarea GSA9; she works on management and analysis of fishery data, application of bioeconomic and population dynamics models, spatial analysis and statistics on demersal resources data. Since 2015 she also participates to STECF EWG and GFCM working groups on stock assessment of demersal and small pelagic resources.

Francesco De Carlo


More  than 10 years of experience in fisheries science and fishing gear technology. From 2006 to 2015, he focused his  research on the evaluation of the impact and selectivity of towed gears. During this experience at CNR-ISMAR (Ancona, Italy), he has participated to several national and international projects on the assessment of trawl performance, discard reduction and bycatch mitigation. Since 2015, as member of the research society APLYSIA (Livorno, Italy), he has been working on projects on trawl and wedge clam boat dredge selectivity. He is also involved in the DCF as observer on board commercial fishing vessels.