Indicator Impact Taxa – Implementation of the indicator “Impacts of marine litter on sea turtles and biota” in RSC and MSFD áreas
Grant Agreement nº 110661/2018/794561/SUB/ENV.C2
Type: Directorate-General for Environment (DG ENV) | MFSD Second Cycle - Call for Proposals
Duration: 24 months (02/02/2019 - 01/02/2021)
Status: Ongoing
Coordinator: Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, EPHE, France

HCMR – Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (Greece)
ISPRA – Istituto Superiore per la Protezione e la Ricerca Ambientale (Italy)
UNEXE – University of Exeter (United Kingdom)
PAU-DEKAMER – Pamukkale University – Sea Turtle Research and Application Center (Turkey)
FRCT – Regional Fund for Science and Technology (Azores, Portugal)
UVEG – University of Valencia (Spain)
CNR-IAMC – Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche – Istituto per l’Ambiente Marino Costiero (Italy)
INSTM – Institut National des Sciences et Technologies de la Mer (Tunisia)
ULPGC – Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Canaries, Spain)
MTES – Ministère de la transition écologique et solidaire (France)
DGSCM-SGPM – General Directorate of Sustainability of the Coast and the Sea – Subdirectorate General for the Protection of the Sea (Spain)

Aim of the Project:

The project aim to capitalize the INDICIT results concerning the networking, the elaboration of standard guidelines, the collection of large standard data set and the evaluation of GES scenario for the indicator “Litter ingested by sea turtles”, as well as the identification of the key elements for the implementation of two other indicators for the monitoring of litter impacts “Biota entanglement in debris” and “Microdebris ingestion by biota”.

The general objectives are (1) to capitalize the practical outcomes related to networking, development of standardized tools, gathering of standard data and GES assessments for the Indicator “Litter ingested by sea turtles”, (2) to support the implementation of the indicators “Entanglement of sea turtles, birds, cetaceans in floating debris” and “Micro-plastic ingestion by fish and sea turtles”, (3) to support of next 6-year cycle of MSFD implementation by testing the indicators (especially the more advanced “Litter ingested by sea turtles”) in response to National PoM’s in several pilot areas. By developing standardized knowledge for several fauna taxa at an extended spatial level, the new project will contribute to providing integrative tools to assess anthropogenic risks and distance to GES especially in the framework of the Descriptor 10. Finally, the project also aims to foster synergies with other UE programs and the transfer to competent authorities in 3 of the regional priorities targeted by this call, i.e. the North-East Atlantic Ocean, the Macaronesia, and the Mediterranean.

FRCT Involvement:
FRCT is the co-leader of the WP4. Implementation of the indicator “Micro-debris ingested by fish and sea turtles” at the OSPAR and Barcelona RSCs and MSFD areas, with the partner ISPRA.

Impact onthe Azores Region:
The INDICIT II project aims to support member states and their respective regions in the implementation of the next 6-year cycle of the European policy - Marine Strategy Framework Directive, specifically through a set of detailed criteria and indicators to assist Member States in determining the descriptor progress and measures. Specifically in the Autonomous Region of Azores, INDICIT II aims to support the competent entity - Regional Directorate for Sea Affairs (DRAM).

Other Regional Institutions involved: Regional Directorate of Maritime Affairs; University of the Azores - IMAR

Regional Stakeholders Involved: RACA, IMAR-OKEANOS, Flying Sharks, Futurismo, Espaço Talassa, Picos de Aventura.
Financial Overview
Consortium Budget
Partners Contribuition EU Contribuition Total
329 161€983 531€1 312 691€
FRCT Budget
23 193€91 532€114 727€