Agreement with State Education Development Agency of the Republic of Latvia No. Programme number 220.127.116.11/16/I/001
The food webs of water bodies (lakes, rivers etc.) play an important role in the functioning processes of lake ecosystems. Without paying increased attention to the overall exploration of the lake ecosystem, it is not possible to explain how the ecosystem will respond to potential environmental changes and how these changes will affect the overall functioning of the lake ecosystem, especially the development of natural resources (fish stocks, commercial fish species). Scientific data-based plans for the management of lakes cannot be developed if any part of the lake's ecosystem is ignored.
The main objective of the project is to improve knowledge on how lake food webs function, thereby enabling the development of scientific and data-based plans for the management of lakes that combine economic and ecological criteria. An additional objective is to determine how aquatic plants in lakes (as the living environment for fish) and plankton organisms (including microbial food web components as potential food items for larval fish) influence fish eating habits in different lakes. Lakes will be divided into four different groups: 1) aquatic plant (macrophyte) rich lakes with high fish feeding pressure; 2) macrophyte poor lakes with low fish feeding pressure; 3) macrophyte rich lakes with low fish feeding pressure; 4) macrophyte poor lakes with high fish feeding pressure.
The MICROFISH project includes the following activities:
Project duration: January, 2019 – January, 2022
Project manager: post-doctorate researcher Katrit Karus, firstname.lastname@example.org
The project is financed by: European Regional Development Fund Activity 18.104.22.168 "Post-doctoral Research Aid" of the Specific Objective 1.1.1 "To increase the research and innovative capacity of scientific institutions of Latvia and the ability to attract external financing, investing in human resources and infrastructure" of the Operational Programme "Growth and Employment", the State budget of the Republic of Latvia and the foundation „Institute for Environmental Solutions“.