FAME Development, Evaluation and Implementation of a Standarized Fish-based Assessment Method for the Ecological Status of European Rivers A Contribution to the Water Framework Directive
| Country: EU Projects
| Start Date:
Project Type: RTD
| Contract Number: EVK1-CT-2001-00094
| Organisation Type:
Contaminated land-->Risk assessment-->Receptor: Ecological
Contaminated land-->Risk assessment-->Receptor: Water
Groundwater protection-->Groundwater processes-->Ecotoxicology
Water resources and their management -->Stresses, quality and ecological status
Water resources and their management -->Water resources and their management Overview
| Project objectives:
The objective of the project was to develop, evaluate and implement a standardised Fish-based Assessment Method for the ecological status of European rivers
(FAME), a method identified as priority requirement for the implementation of the Water Framework Directive. This project is the first initiative to develop
a fish-based assessment method for rivers with a pan-European perspective. A large central database of about 17000 fish samples (sites) covering some 5000
rivers in 16 European eco-regions contributed by 23 partners offers the unique opportunity to develop, calibrate and test the new method.
The objective of the project is to develop, evaluate and implement a standardised Fish-based Assessment Method for the ecological status of European rivers
(FAME), a method urgently required for the implementation of the Water Framework Directive. FAME will follow a pan-European approach in developing models
to characterise reference and degraded conditions based on existing fish data of 17000 sites (5200 rivers) in 16 of the 25 eco-regions of Europe. An integrated
system to assess the ecological status will be developed in close co-operation with end-users integrated into the project as 'Applied partners'. The new method
will be evaluated by field tests within ongoing national monitoring programmes. A manual and PCsoftware will be produced and opened to public via a project
web site. In providing a new standard method applicable throughout Europe, FAME will contribute to the new EU water policy aiming at a good status.
| Achieved Objectives:
The aim of the project is to develop a new standardised fish-based assessment method for the ecological status of European rivers which is expected to become
the standard in the Member Countries.
The following objectives were achieved in the different workpackages:
- A river typology was developed to to account for fish distribution in European rivers. It was derived on two main levels, using common themes from national
schemes and the models proposed by the Water Framework Directive.
- A standardised classification scheme for fish species was developed.
- Biological reference conditions for riverine fish communities for the comparison of monitoring information were established.
Different fish based methods for the assessment of the ecologicak status of rivers were reviewed and the distinct metrics and sampling procedures classified
National data was screened and imported into the standardised database.
The central Fame database FIDES (FIsh Database of European Streams) was established.
Schmutz, S, Haidvogel, G.(2002): FAME - Ein EU-Projekt zur Entwicklung einer fischbezogenen Bewertungsmethode für den ökologischen Zustand von europäischen
Fließgewässern. Österreichs Fischerei 55 (7), 173-176
| Product Descriptions:
The goal of the project was to establish a new standardised fish-based assessment method for the ecological status of European rivers which is expected to become
the standard in the Member Countries.
The following products are available:
- Report on “River typology & Fish species classification” (Generic)
- Report on “Defining of reference conditions”
- Report on “Defining assessment metrics and sampling procedures”
Several presentations are available on the FAME web-pages
| Additional Information:
| Project Resources:
SPATIAL APPROACH ALPS/ECOREGION 4 REFERENCE AND DEGRADED CONDITIONS
Fame Report: Ecoregion 15/Baltic province: REFERENCE AND DEGRADED CONDITIONS DRAFT MULTIMETRIC INDEX
Fame Report: Spatially Based Approach of the Fennoscandian Shield and the Borealic Uplands
Development Evaluation and Implementation of a Standardised Fish-Based Assessment Method for the Ecological Status of European Rivers; Fame Report: Transfer into water management
Comparison of the European Fish Index with the Standardised European Model, the Spatially Based Models (eco-regional and European), and Existing Methods.
Metric Selection and Sampling Procedures for FAME (D 4 - 6): Final Report
Fame: The development of a fish-based assessment method for the ecological status of European rivers – a tool to support the implementation of the European Water Framework Directive: Final project summary
FAME: Input files for the European Fish Index (EFI)
FAME: Inputfile EFT (European Fish Type)
Development, Evaluation and Implementation of a standardised Fish-based Assessment Method for the Ecological Status of European Rivers (FAME): Leaflet
Data input to the ACCESS-2000© database
FIDES (Fish Database of European
Streams). The FAME project. 2002-06-04
FAME project: Software
MANUAL FOR THE APPLICATION OF THE European Fish Index - EFI
FIDES database (Fish Database of European Streams)
Fame Final Report Scientific achievements
Typology and Species classification
Table species classification
Fame Final Report: Defining Reference Conditions
Report: Metric Selection and Sampling Procedures for FAME
Final Modelling Report
Report: Transfer into water management
CHARACTERISATION OF REFERENCE CONDITIONS AND ECOLOGICAL QUALITY ASSESSMENT ON ECOREGION 1
Developing a biotic river typology and defining reference conditions in the rivers of Greece: a spatially- based approach
Fame Report: SPATIALLY-BASED APPROACH Western Highlands and Western Plains
UK/ECOREGION 18 SPATIAL APPROACH RIVER AND FISH COMMUNITY TYPOLOGY METRIC SELECTION AND ANALYSIS
| Funding Programme(s):
EC Framework Programme 5
| Link to Organisations:
Prof Paul Bardos
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Professor Paul Bardos
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