The 1st Pilot Demonstrations Tests, Training and Sea-survey using Innovative Monitoring Equipment started on 22 June 2021 in Varna, Bulgaria with 14 days duration. The event was organized and hosted by Black Sea - Danube Association of Research and Development (BDCA) together with the lead Beneficiary Institute of Fish Resources - Varna (IFR), who provided the research vessel and the set of advanced monitoring sensors and instruments.

Despite the uncertainties and several travel restrictions due to Covid-19, experts from all TIMMOD project partners successfully arrived in Bulgaria and participated in the survey. Facing several challenges like bad weather conditions and exploration of unknown devices the team successfully completed all  tasks included in the survey programme.  

The program included demonstration and trainings on innovative equipment in the western Black Sea coast together with biological sample collection and trawling. The main objectives of the demonstration survey were achieved, providing excellent basis for further implementation of TIMMOD work plan.  

 The research vessel LEFER



Multibeam sonar for fishery research


Towed optical/video system



CTD (+ eco sensors, Oxygen, Chlorophyll-A, pH.)

Aquatic drone (real time data transfer) 



Video TIMMOD Pilot Demo tests and training

TIMMOD activities at a glance

Group Activity T1

Inventory and promotion of innovative environmental monitoring technologies for assessment of fish stock and non fish living resources. This activity aims at the elaboration of an Inventory of Innovative water monitoring technologies for monitoring of chemical, physical and biological parameters, and assessment of living resources.

Group Activity T2

Assessment and recommendation on advanced hydro-environmental numerical tools for data handling, real-time control and forecasting of marine conditions in the Black Sea. The main aim is to broaden the focus of traditional data processing and numerical modelling approaches by taking into account the holistic perspective in the analysis.

Group Activity T3

Pilot demonstration project on innovative monitoring using advance methods and instruments. Selecting innovative instrumentation, data handling and numerical modelling tools that are going to be demonstrated in two sea areas/test sites in Varna and Batumi.

Group Activity T4

Innovation Strategy to improve joint monitoring, data sharing and cross border information exchange systems in compliance with Marine Strategy Framework Directive and Data Collection Framework. This activity aims to develop common Strategy for supporting the implementation of modern technological upgrade in joint environmental monitoring, in service of the cross border cooperation and data sharing systems.

TIMMOD activities are in full swing. Please contact us to follow TIMMOD activities progress in detail, as well as if you wish to receive latest technical reports elaborated by the project team.


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