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Sustainable Fisheries

Publications & Collaborations

Peer-reviewed publications on habitats

  • Druon JN, Lloret J, Sala-Coromina J, Recasens L, Gómez S, Fontán Bouzas L, Guillen J and Tudela S (2023), Regional dynamic co-management for sustainable fisheries and ecosystem conservation: a pilot analysis in the Catalan Sea. Frontiers in Marine Sciences 10 | DOI: 10.3389/fmars.2023.1197878 | Full text | Supplementary Information
  • Druon JN, Campana S, Vandeperre F, Hazin F, Bowlby H, Coelho R, Queiroz N, Serena F, Abascal F, Damalas D, Musyl M, Lopez J, Block B, Afonso P, Dewar H, Sabarros P, Finucci B, Zanzi A, Bach P, Senina I, Garibaldi F, Sims D, Navarro J, Cermeño P, Leone A, Diez G, Carreón Zapiain MT, Deflorio M, Romanov E, Jung A, Lapinski M, Francis M, Hazin H and Travassos P  (2022)
    Global-scale environmental niche and habitat of blue shark (Prionace glauca) by size and sex: a pivotal step to improving stock management. Frontiers in Marine Science, 9:828412, DOI:10.3389/fmars.2022.828412 Full text | Supplementary InformationVideo animations of habitat with observations | Maps Data
  • Druon JN, Gascuel D, Gibin M, Zanzi A, Fromentin JM, Colloca F, Hélaouët P, Coll M, Mannini A, Bluemel J, Piroddi C, Bastardie F, Macias-Moy D, Vasilakopoulos P, Winker H, Serpetti N, Guillen J, Palialexis A, Gras M, Hekim Z, Dubroca L, Pinto C, Steenbeeck J and Martinsohn J  (2021)
    Mesoscale productivity fronts and local fishing opportunities in the European Seas. Fish and Fisheries, 22, 1227-1247, DOI:10.1111/faf.12585 Full text | Supplementary Information | Download OPFish data in European Seas  OR for the Global Ocean
  • Druon JN, Mangin A, Hélaouët P and Palialexis A (2021)
    The chlorophyll-a gradient as primary Earth observation index of marine ecosystem feeding capacity. In: Copernicus Marine Service Ocean State Report, Issue 5, Journal of Operational Oceanography, 14:sup1, s82–s90; DOI:10.1080/1755876X.2021.1946240 | Full text  | Full report download (346MB)
  • Cazau D, Nguyen Hong Duc P, Druon J-N, Matwins S and Fablet R (2021).
    Multimodal deep learning for cetacean distribution modeling of fin whales (Balaenoptera physalus) in the western Mediterranean Sea. Machine Learning, DOI: 10.1007/s10994-021-06029-z | Full text
  • Druon JN, Hélaouët P, Beaugrand G., Fromentin JM, Palialexis A and Hoepffner N  (2019)
    Satellite-based indicator of zooplankton distribution for global monitoring, Nature Scientific Reports 9:4732, DOI: 10.1038/s41598-019-41212-2 Full text
  • Druon JN, Chassot E, Murua H and Lopez J (2017)
    Skipjack tuna availability for purse seine fisheries is driven by suitable feeding habitat dynamics in the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, Frontiers in Marine Science 4:315 | DOI: 10.3389/fmars.2017.00315 | Full text  | Supplementary Material | See JRC Science Update
  • Fossi MC, Romeo T, Baini M, Panti C, Marsili L, Campani T, Canese S, Galgani F, Druon JN, Airoldi S, Taddei S, Fattorini M, Brandini C and Lapucci C (2017)
    Plastic debris occurrence, convergence areas and fin whales feeding ground in the Mediterranean Marine Protected Area Pelagos Sanctuary: a modelling approach, Frontiers in Marine Science 4:167 | DOI: 10.3389/fmars.2017.00167 | Full text | Supplementary Material
  • Panigada S, Donovan G, Druon JN, Lauriano G, Pierantonio N, Pirotta E, Zanardelli M, Zerbini A, Notarbartolo di Sciara G (2017)
    Satellite tagging of Mediterranean fin whales: working towards the identification of critical habitats and the focussing of mitigation measures, Nature Scientific Reports | 7: 3365 | DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-03560-9 | Full text | Supplementary Material
  • Druon JN, Fromentin JM, Hanke A, Arrizabalaga H, Damalas D, Tičina V, Quílez-Badia G, Ramirez K, Arregui I, Tserpes G, Reglero P, Deflorio M, Oray I, Karakulak SF, Megalofonou P, Ceyhan T, Grubišić L, MacKenzie BR, Lamkin J, Afonso P and P Addis (2016)
    Habitat suitability of the Atlantic bluefin tuna by size class: an ecological niche approach, Progress in Oceanography 142:30-46 | DOI: 10.1016/j.pocean.2016.01.002 | Full text | Supplementary Material | See Press release
  • Liquete C, Piroddi C, Macías D, Druon JN and Zulian G (2016)
    Ecosystem services sustainability in the Mediterranean Sea: assessment of status and trends using multiple modelling approaches, Nature Scientific Reports | 6:34162 | DOI: 10.1038/srep34162 | Full text | See Press release
  • Briscoe D, Hobday A, Carlisle A, Scales K, Eveson P, Arrizabalaga H, Druon JN, Fromentin JM (2016)
    Ecological bridges and barriers in pelagic ecosystems, Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography 140 182:192 | DOI: 10.1016/j.dsr2.2016.11.004 | Full text
  • Druon JN, Fiorentino F, Murenu M, Knittweis L, Colloca F, Osio C, Mérigot B, Garofalo G, Mannini A, Jadaud A, Sbrana M, Scarcella G, Tserpes G, Peristeraki P, Carlucci R and J Heikkonen (2015)
    Modelling of European hake nurseries in the Mediterranean Sea: an ecological niche approach, Progress in Oceanography 130:188-204 | DOI: 10.1016/j.pocean.2014.11.005 | Full text
  • Druon JN, Panigada S, David L, Gannier A, Mayol P, Arcangeli A, Cañadas A, Laran S, Di Méglio N and P Gauffier (2012)
    Potential feeding habitat of fin whales in the western Mediterranean Sea: an environmental niche model, Marine Ecology Progress Series 464:289-306 | DOI: 10.3354/meps09810 |Full text and complementary information 
  • Druon JN, Fromentin JM, Aulanier F, Heikkonen J  (2011)
    Potential feeding and spawning habitats of Atlantic bluefin tuna in the Mediterranean Sea, Marine Ecology Progress Series 439:223-240 | DOI: 10.3354/meps09321 | Full text 
  • Druon JN (2010)
    Habitat mapping of the Atlantic bluefin tuna derived from satellite data: Its Potential as a Tool for the Sustainable Management of Fisheries, Marine Policy 34(2):293-297 | DOI: 10.1016/j.marpol.2009.07.005 |Full text (not open access)

Other publications and reports

  • Druon JN, Sabarros S, Bach P, Romanov E.V. and Coelho R (2021)
    Habitat modeling for the blue shark (Prionace glauca) by sex and size classes in the Indian Ocean, IOTC-2021-WPEB17(AS)-13 | 17th Working Party on Ecosystems and Bycatch | Full text download 
  • Druon JN, Jardim E and Melin F (2018)
    Arctic marine productivity from plankton to fish: Tools and first estimates, EUR 29589 EN, Publications Office of the European Union, Luxembourg, 2018, ISBN 978-92-79-98459-4, doi:10.2760/451948, JRC114947 | Full text download
  • Druon JN (2017)
    Ocean Productivity index for Fish in the Arctic: First assessment from satellite-derived plankton-to-fish favourable habitats, EUR 29006 EN, Publications Office of the European Union, Luxembourg, 2017, ISBN 978-92-79-77299-3, doi:10.2760/28033, JRC109947 | Full text download

  • Druon J-N, Chassot E., Murua H, Soto M (2016)
    Preferred feeding habitat of skipjack tuna in the eastern central Atlantic and western Indian Oceans: relations with carrying capacity and vulnerability to purse seine fishing, IOTC-WPTT-18, 31 | Full resolution PDF;IOTC PDF
  • Druon J-N, Chassot E., Floch L, Maufroy A (2015)
    Preferred habitat of tropical tuna species in the Eastern Atlantic and Western Indian Oceans: a comparative analysis between FAD-associated and free-swimming schools, IOTC-WPTT-17, 31 | Full text download:…;
  • Druon J-N (2014)
    Monitoring pelagic habitats to support future EU policies. Strategic view on how the daily monitoring of marine water-column habitats will support the future EU Integrated Maritime Policy (MSP, CFP, MSFD) to stimulate ecosystem health and blue growth, European Commission Report (EUR 26628 EN), doi: 10.2788/69671 | Full text download
  • Vaes T, Druon J-N (2013)
    Mapping of potential risk of ship strike with fin whales in the Western Mediterranean Sea. A scientific and technical review using the potential habitat of fin whales and the effective vessel density, European Commission Report (EUR 25847 EN), doi: 10.2788/8520 | Full text download | See JRC Headline
  • Aulanier F, Druon J-N (2010)
    The habitat model of marine species using satellite remote sensing: technical aspects, European Commission Report (EUR 23790 EN), doi:10.2788/20881 | Full text download
  • Druon J-N (2009)
    Environmental analysis of Bluefin Tuna: Identifying its preferred habitat in the Mediterranean Sea, European Commission Report (EUR 23790 EN), doi: 10.2788/20881 | Full text download


This research initiatives are performed with the full collaboration of numerous research institutes across Europe.

  • Atlantic bluefin tuna: After an initial collaboration with IFREMER (France), the current extension of the habitat over the North Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico is performed within an international collaboration of scientific experts from Mexico, the USA, Canada, Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Croatia, Greece, Turkey and Denmark.
  • Tropical tunas species: IRD - France, AZTI and IEO - Spain
  • European Hake: MEDITS scientific community - Italy: COISPA, SIBM-Genova University, CIBM, UNICA, Rome University, CNR-IAMC, Bari University. France: IFREMER. Spain: IEO. Malta: MRRA. Greece: IMBC, HCMR.
  • Fin whale: Italy: TETHYS, ISPRA, CETUS, CIMA Foundation. France: ÉcoOcéan, GIS3M, GREC, Souffleurs d'Écume, WWF-France, La Rochelle University, IFREMER. Spain: ALNITAK, CIRCÉ. Switzerland: Swiss Cetacean Society. International: NATO-NURC.
  • Mesozooplankton: Marine Biological Association (UK), IFREMER (France), Lille University/University of Cote d'Opale (France).
  • Blue shark: The collaboration is global with currently expert scientists of the species ecology from Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Greece, Canada, USA, Mexico, Brazil, New Zealand, Australia and UK and Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (ICCAT, IATTC, IOTC).
  • Ocean Productivity available to Fish (OPFish): The collaboration is European with experts in the fields of satellite remote sensing, fish ecology, fisheries population dynamics, ecosystem modelling and fisheries economy from Italy, France, UK, Spain, Denmark, Greece and Germany.