COCKLES – Co-Operation for Restoring Cockle Shelfisheries and its Ecosystem Services in the Atlantic Area


Rosa Fernandez

CESAM Responsible researcher

Rosa L. Freitas


Interreg Atlantic Area


01/10/2017 - 01/02/2021

Funding for CESAM

304372.04 €

Total Funding

3613017.54 €

Proponent Institution

Centro Tecnológico del Mar, Fundación CETMAR

Participating Institutions

  • Instituto Português do Mar e da Atmosfera, I.P
  • Universidade de Aveiro
  • Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa
  • Consellería do Mar, Xunta de Galicia, Spain
  • Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, Spain
  • Universite de Bordeux, France
  • University College Cork, Ireland
  • Bangor University, UK
  • NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Bangor, UK
  • Groupe d'Etude des Milieux Estuariens et Littoraux, France
  • Université de Caen Normandie, France


Cockles provide a wealth of services to coastal communities in the Atlantic Area (AA). COCKLES will restore production and the services provided by this emblematic resource, threatened by disease outbreaks and suboptimal management. Developing aquaculture, resistant strains and recovering natural stocks, optimizing management and upskilling stakeholders will aid recovering resources, increase the understanding of ecosystem services & contribute to the GES and boost coastal economies of AA.