The 3rd Thematic Transboundary Meeting (TTM#3) on innovative environmental monitoring and modelling technologies for assessment of fish stock and non-fish resources was organized on 5th and 6th July in Varna, Bulgaria.  The meeting was hosted by Black Sea Danube Association of research and development (BDCA) as a hybrid event with live participation of involved partners, stakeholders and guests in Art Saloon Radio Varna, Varna, Bulgaria and online participants in MS Teams platform.

The main goal of the event was to raise awareness of researchers, surveyors and decision makers in innovative technologies for monitoring of environmental parameters and assessment of fish stock & non-fish resources at Black Sea.

    The 3rd TTM was attended by more than 40 participants from six Black Sea countries. Main focus of the event was an overview of the first pilot demonstration survey and training, organized in Varna, Bulgaria in the period from 22 June 2021 until 5 July 2021., The used equipment, the research vessel, survey programme and participants, were presented and discussed, together with main challenges and first conclusions from the demonstration and trainings  programme.

The program of the Seminar session on the second day included a number of invited lectures and presentations, within the main theme of the event, as follows:

  • Methods and tools for estimation of the fish stock;
  • Data collection and real-time visualization/demonstration using ICT tools
  • Assessment of fish stock and non-fish resources at Bulgarian Black Sea coast
  • Innovative techniques for non-fish resources stock assessment
  • Development of Aquacultures along the Black Sea Coast; Sustainable use of Black Sea resources and Blue Economy


The TTM#3 finished with a fruitful roundtable discussion focused on potential of usage of innovative monitoring equipment in the Black Sea region, possible opportunities for further cooperation, need of research and investment initiatives, targeted to improve joint monitoring and cross-border data exchange - this way contributing to BSB Program result 2.1 "Improved availability of cross-border compatible environmental monitoring data and information" .



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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