Step 2: Focused studies on current issues

Exactly because we have to deal with a system, a community of interdependent and interacting parts, any kind of intervention will affect almost all of its components, hence, we carry out some baseline reference studies. Apart from the status of our target organisms, we also assess the status of other organisms that are not targeted but might well be affected by interventions. This will allow us to organise our interventions in such a way as not to have negative impacts on them, identify potential precautionary actions or mitigation interventions and, furthermore, to set-up a plausible monitoring system to assess the effects of management. At this stage we also have to assess the effect of ongoing climate change on our target systems. Furthermore, in this step we should also carry out the necessary feasibility studies regarding the use of the harvested biomass.