Integrated modelling of depredation in marine ecosystems (ORCAPRED)


PhD Thesis Lyndsay Clavareau (2018-2021)


What are the conditions required for cohabitation between fishers and marine mammals in ecosystems where they compete for limited resources?


While living resources harvesting negatively impacts targeted populations, its indirect effects the whole of ecosystems can be complex. In particular, human activities can create new feeding opportunities for wild species both on land and at sea. In the marine environment, certain predator species have developed their ability to feed on fisheries catches. This new behaviour, called depredation, is currently triggering serious conflicts between marine predators and fisheries in several regions of the world. Yet, how depredation impact socio-ecosystems stability and fisheries sustainability remains largely unknown. In particular, depredation is little or poorly taken into account in marine ecosystem and/or fish stock assessment models.



Using different modelling approaches, this research project aims at better understanding and predicting how depredation can affect the structure and dynamics of marine socio-ecosystems. Building upon an extensive literature review about marine depredation around the world, a first aspect of this project consists in developing qualitative models. This first approach both conceptualises and explores how depredation can overall impact the structure and dynamics of socio-ecosystems. Using a quantitative approach based on the Ecopath framework, this research also investigates these questions in a specific case study in the Southern Ocean (the Crozet and Kerguelen archipelagos, where yields of the longliners targeting toothfish are negatively impacted by depredation associated with killer whales and sperm whales).



Martin Marzloff (Ifremer/LEBCO), Paul Tixier (Deakin University), Verena Trenkel (Ifremer/EMH)



À la une

Launch of SISTER project

Published on 19 october

A first test campaign of drone mapping took place in October on the honeycombworm reefs of the Pertuis Sea marine park.

This plant makes it possible to see underwater

Published on 13 september

Eelgrass and the Marha project both feature in a Youtube video by nature blogger Marie Wild

The great tide Bay

Published on 7 july

The honeycomb worms and the LEBCO team in Alexandra Barbot's great documentary on the wildlife of the Mont-Saint-Michel Bay, on Ushuaia TV.