Antonello Sala

Director of Research (Engineering; Earth sciences; Environmental sciences)

Ancona, Italy

Senior fisheries scientist (Director of Research) with more than 30 years experience of studying the wider ecosystem effects of fishing on the marine environment at the National Research Council (CNR). Lead scientist in numerous international research projects (>20) and national projects (>30). Since 2020, fishing technology consultant in the Fishing Technology and Operations team (NFIFO) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO, Rome). Since 2014, external statistical expert for the European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA, Spain). Since 2018, Fishery team member for Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) standard Certification of sustainable fisheries. From January 2020, chairperson of the ICES/FAO Working Group on Fishing Technology and Fish Behaviour (WGFTFB). From 2010 to 2019, member and vice-chair (in 2018-2019) of the EU-STECF Committee (European Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries).


  • Bycatch of Loggerhead Turtle (Caretta caretta) in the Italian Adriatic Midwater Pair Trawl Fishery
  • Is square-mesh better selective than larger mesh? A perspective on the management for Mediterranean trawl fisheries
  • A framework for results-based management in fisheries
  • Monitoring the implementation of the landing obligation: The last haul programme
  • Bottom trawl fishing footprints on the world's continental shelves
  • Modelling gear and fishers size selection for escapees, discards, and landings: A case study in Mediterranean trawl fisheries
  • Serving Local Fish in School Meals: The Nutritional Importance of Consuming Oily Fish
  • Estimating overall size-selection pattern in the bottom trawl fishery for four economically important fish species in the Mediterranean Sea
  • Towards more selective Mediterranean trawl fisheries: are juveniles and trash excluder devices effective tools for reducing undersized catches?
  • Influence of tow duration on catch performance of trawl survey in the Mediterranean Sea
  • Feasibility study for PIXE and neutron beam techniques on fishing nets made of polymeric materials
  • EfficientShip: A case study for the implementation of ORC technology onboard European fishing vessels
  • Preliminary design of the hybrid propulsion architecture for the research vessel "G. Dallaporta"
  • Elasmobranch bycatch in the Italian Adriatic pelagic trawl fishery
  • Otterboard hydrodynamic performance testing in flume tank and wind tunnel facilities
  • Impact assessment of EMFF measures on Good Environmental Status (GES) as defined by Italy
  • Towards the Introduction of Sustainable Fishery Products: The Bid of a Major Italian Retailer
  • Multipurpose use of side-scan sonar technology for fisheries science
  • Shrimp trap selectivity in a Mediterranean small-scale-fishery
  • Chondrichthyes - Multidisciplinary Approach
  • Technical solutions for European small-scale driftnets
  • Stakeholder perceptions in fisheries management - Sectors with benthic impacts
  • Predictive models for codend size selectivity for four commercially important species in the Mediterranean bottom trawl fishery in spring and summer: Effects of codend type and catch size
  • Testing otter board hydrodynamic performances in wind tunnel facilities
  • The EU landing obligation and European small-scale fisheries: What are the odds for success?
  • Review of the EU small-scale driftnet fisheries
  • Energy efficiency in fishing: Are magnetic devices useful for use in fishing vessels?
  • Towards a framework for the quantitative assessment of trawling impact on the seabed and benthic ecosystem
  • Estimating seabed pressure from demersal trawls, seines, and dredges based on gear design and dimensions
  • The influence of twine tenacity, thickness and bending stiffness on codend selectivity
  • Fuel saving and emission reduction in fisheries: Results of the experimentation of a new magnetic device onboard fishing vessel
  • Is Europe ready for a results-based approach to fisheries management? The voice of stakeholders
  • Assessment of the Relative Catch Performance of a Surrounding Net without the Purse Line as an Alternative to a Traditional Boat Seine in Small-Scale Fisheries
  • Selective characteristics of a shark-excluding grid device in a Mediterranean trawl
  • Trawling in the Mediterranean: An Exploration of Empirical Relations Connecting Fishing Gears, Otterboards and Propulsive Characteristics of Fishing Vessels
  • Experimental assessment of the fouling control coating effect on the fuel consumption rate
  • Bottom trawl catch comparison in the Mediterranean Sea: Flexible Turtle Excluder Device (TED) vs traditional gear
  • Effect of a lateral square-mesh panel on the catch pattern and catch efficiency in a Mediterranean bottom trawl fishery
  • Can a square-mesh panel inserted in front of the codend improve the exploitation pattern in Mediterranean bottom trawl fisheries?
  • Effect of Codend Circumference on the Size Selection of Square-Mesh Codends in Trawl Fisheries
  • How Many Fish Need to Be Measured to Effectively Evaluate Trawl Selectivity?
  • Assessment of size selectivity in hydraulic clam dredge fisheries
  • The footprint of bottom trawling in European waters: distribution, intensity, and seabed integrity
  • Old Info for a New Fisheries Policy: Discard Ratios and Lengths at Discarding in EU Mediterranean Bottom Trawl Fisheries
  • Can a square-mesh panel inserted in front of the codend improve size and species selectivity in Mediterranean trawl fisheries?
  • Workshop on Innovative Fishing Gear (WKING)
  • Escape, discard, and landing probability in multispecies Mediterranean bottom-trawl fishery
  • Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) Whistle Modulation during a Trawl Bycatch Event in the Adriatic Sea
  • Monitoring the Implementation of the Landing Obligation: The Last Haul Programme
  • An overview of bottom trawl selectivity in the Mediterranean Sea
  • Experimental method for quantifying resistance to the opening of netting panels
  • Interactions between bottlenose dolphin and midwater pair trawls: effect of pingers on dolphin behaviour
  • Experimental low-cost tool to reduce biofouling in the Adriatic oyster longline culture
  • Assessment of fishing gear impact and performance using Sidescan sonar technology
  • E-Audit: Energy use in Italian fishing vessels
  • Propulsion system improvement for trawlers
  • Simulation of bottom trawl fishing gears. A simplified physical model
  • Phylogenetic relationships of the Antarctic euphausiids inhabiting the Ross Sea and the adjacent regions of southern ocean
  • Energy saving trawl in Mediterranean demersal fisheries
  • Krill of the Ross Sea: Distribution, abundance and demography of Euphausia superba and Euphausia crystallorophias during the Italian Antarctic expedition (January-February 2000)
  • Experimental and theoretical study of red mullet (Mullus barbatus) selectivity in codends of Mediterranean bottom trawls
  • Energy performance evaluation for fishing vessels
  • Influence of sea-bottom temperature and depth on swept area estimation from trawl surveys
  • An assessment of biomass and diel activity of fish at an artificial reef (Adriatic sea) using a stationary hydroacoustic technique
  • Propulsion system improvement for trawlers
  • Towards sustainable fisheries management: A perspective of fishing technology weaknesses and opportunities with a focus on the mediterranean fisheries
  • E-audit: Energy use in Italian fishing vessels
  • Assessment of fishing gear impact and performance using sidescan sonar technology
  • A bond graph approach to improve the energy efficiency of ships
  • Impact and performance of Mediterranean fishing gear by side-scan sonar technology
  • Effect of mesh size and codend circumference on selectivity in the Mediterranean demersal trawl fisheries
  • Effects of Turtle Excluder Devices on bycatch and discard reduction in the demersal fisheries of Mediterranean Sea
  • Energy performance evaluation of fishing vessels by fuel mass flow measuring system
  • Improving fishing effort descriptors: Modelling engine power and gear-size relations of five European trawl fleets
  • An overview of loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta) bycatch and technical mitigation measures in the Mediterranean Sea
  • The effect of mesh configuration and codend circumference on selectivity in the Mediterranean trawl Nephrops fishery
  • Performance and impact on the seabed of an existing- and an experimental-otterboard: Comparison between model testing and full-scale sea trials
  • A simplified model of the interaction of the trawl warps, the otterboards and netting drag
  • Low-cost tool to reduce biofouling in oyster longline culture
  • Size selection by diamond- and square-mesh codends in multi-species Mediterranean demersal trawl fisheries
  • The influence of twine thickness on the size selectivity of polyamide codends in a Mediterranean bottom trawl
  • Comparison between model testing and full-scale trials of new trawl design for Italian bottom fisheries
  • The change in physical properties of some nylon (PA) netting samples before and after use
  • Efficiency of the bottom trawl used for the Mediterranean international trawl survey (MEDITS)
  • Escapement from the main body of the bottom trawl used for the Mediterranean international trawl survey (MEDITS)
  • Vertical diel dynamic of fish assemblage associated with an artificial reef (Northern Adriatic Sea)
  • Sampling catches of Engraulis encrasicholus and Sardina pilchardus in relation with temperature and fishing depth (Adriatic Sea)
  • Evaluation of fish biomass of an artificial reef in the Adriatic Sea through acoustic methodology
  • Further observations on the performance of the fishing gears used for demersal stock assessment in Italy
  • Energy audit and carbon footprint in trawl fisheries
  • Escape Survival and Scale Damage Assessment of Red Mullet (Mullus barbatus Linnaeus, 1758) during Bottom Trawling in the Central Mediterranean Sea
  • Technological innovations to reduce the impact of bottom gears on the seabed

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