Plesionika Manage is a pilot fishing study of the decapod shrimp Plesionika narval (Narval shrimp). The study is funded by the Ministry of Rural Development and Food, within the framework of the Operational program (OP) FISHING 2007-2013 in Priority "3" COMMON MEASURES INTEREST, Measure 3.5: "PILOT PROJECTS" co-financed by the EUROPEAN FISHERIES FUND (ETA). The total project budget is 300,000 euro and the duration of the project is 20 months from 01/03/2014 until 31/10/2015.
The Narval shrimp Plesionika narval and its con-generic species Plesionika edwarsii are a well known traditional delicacy in the southeastern (SE) Aegean area and a gastronomic touristic product mostly famous in Rhodes, and its surrounding islands. In the recent years, local authorities and fishermen have seen a drastic stock reduction, but there has been little scientific effort in increasing our knowledge about the species. The aim of this project is to assess and plan an integrated system of sustainable management for Plesionika.
The study will take place around the coastal habitats of Rhodes and the nearby islands of Halki, Astypalea, Kos, Tilos, Astakida, Symi, Karpathos and Kassos in SE Aegean Sea.
The study aims to assess and plan for an integrated system of sustainable management of the species Plesionika by using innovative, alternative, fishing gears under commercial conditions, through quantitative and qualitative monthly data collection over a one year cycle (2014-2015).