George Tserpes

Fisheries Department

Contact Address

Institute of Marine Biology of Crete
P.O.Box 2214
Heraklion 71003
Crete, Greece.
Tel: +30 2810 337851
Fax: +30 2810 337820
Email: gtserpes@imbc.gr

Date of Birth : January 29 , 1959
Nationality : Greek
Language : Greek : Native language.
English :Reading , writing and spoken English at high professional level


  • 1981 B.Sc. in Biology from the University of Patras , Greece.
  • 1984 M.Sc in Marine Biology from the University of Wales (Bangor), U.K.
  • 1996 Ph. D in Marine Biology from the University of Crete,Greece.

Professional Experience

  • 1987 - to date. Participation and coordination of research projects carried out by the Fisheries Department of the Institute of Marine Biology of Crete and the Fisheries Research Laboratory of the University of Crete.
  • 2000 – 2003: Research Scientist Grade C
  • 2003- to date: Research Scientist Grade B

Other relevant activities / experience

  • Member of the Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries (STECF) in DG XIV of the European Commission.
  • Member of the EU group of indepedent experts dealing with the preparation of the fourth generation multi-annual guidance programmes for the Community fishing fleets.
  • Rapporteur of the ICCAT group dealing with the Mediterranean swordfish stock

Current European projects

  • DG XIV Study Project 98-034. Analysis of swordfish fisheries data series in the central and eastern Mediterranean (Coordinator)
  • FAIR-CT-96-1304. EFAN - European Fish Ageing Network.
  • FAIR CT98-3941. Fine genetic structure of swordfish (Xiphias gladius) in the Mediterranean and the Atlantic: study by means of individual tagging, using microsatellite DNA.
  • DG XIV Study Project 99-038. International bottom trawl survey in the Mediterranean - MEDITS IV (Regional Coordinator, member of the project's steering committee)
  • DG XIV Study Project 99-047. Stock assessment in the Mediterranean – SAMED.
  • DG XIV Study Project 99-032. The swordfish fishery in the Mediterranean (Coordinator)
  • DG XIV Study Project 00-044. Investigation of the bluefin tuna fishery in the eastern Mediterranean”. (Coordinator).
  • DG XIV Study Project 00-010. International bottom trawl survey in the Mediterranean - MEDITS V (Regional Coordinator, member of the project's steering committee).
  • EFIMAS - Operational Evaluation Tools for Fisheries Management Options. STREP Project No. 502516

Selected publications

  • Beaumont and G. Tserpes. 1984. The effects on Mytilus edulis larvae of toxins leaching from paints. Aquaculture 38: 365-369.
  • Beaumont, G. Tserpes and M.D. Budd. 1987. Some effects of copper on the veliger larvae of the mussel Mytilus edulis and the scallop Pecten maximus. Mar. Env. Res. 21: 299-309.
  • Tsimenides and G. Tserpes. 1989. Age determination and growth of swordfish Xiphias gladius L., 1758 in the Aegean sea. Fish. Res. 8:159-168.
  • Tserpes, G. and N. Tsimenides. 1991. Evaluation of growth rate differences in populations of Sardina pilchardus (Walbaum, 1792) from the Aegean and Ionian seas. Cybium 15(1): 15-22.
  • Tsimenides, N., Tserpes, G., Machias, A and Kallianiotis, A. 1991. Distribution of fishes on the Cretan shelf. J. Fish Biol. 39: 661-672.
  • Tserpes, G. and N. Tsimenides. 1995. Determination of age and growth of swordfish, Xiphias gladius L., 1758, in the eastern Mediterranean using anal-fin spines. Fish. Bull. 93: 594-602.
  • Labropoulou, M., Tserpes, G. and N. Tsimenides. 1998. Age, growth and feeding habits of the brown comber Serranus hepatus (Linnaeus, 1758) on the Cretan Shelf. Est. Coast. Shelf. Sci. 46: 723-732.
  • Tserpes, P. Peristeraki, G. Potamias and N. Tsimenides. 1999 Species distribution in the southern Aegean Sea based on bottom-trawl surveys. Aquat. Liv. Res. 12: 167-175.
  • Kiparissis, S. Tserpes, G. and N. Tsimenides. 2000. Aspects on the demography of chub Mackerel ( Scomber japonicus Houttuyn, 1782) in the Hellenic Seas. Belgian J. Zoology., 130: (Supplement): 5-9.
  • Tserpes, G. and N. Tsimenides. 2001. Age, growth and mortality of Serranus cabrilla (Linnaeus, 1758) on the Cretan Shelf Fish. Res. 51:27-34.
  • Tserpes G., F. Fiorentino, D. Levi, A. Cau, M. Murenu, A. Zamboni and C. Papaconstantinou. 200 2 . Distribution of ¨ Mullus barbatus and M. surmuletus (Osteichthyes: Perciformes) in the Mediterranean continental shelf: implications for management. Sci. Mar., 66 (Suppl. 2): 39-54.
  • Tserpes G. and P. Peristeraki. 2002. Trends in the abundance of demersal species in the southern Aegean Sea. Sci. Mar. 66 (Suppl. 2): 243-252.
  • Belcari, P., G. Tserpes, M. Gonzalez, E. Lefkaditoy, B. Marceta, G. Piccinetti-Manfrin and A. Souplet. 2002. Distribution and abundance of Eledone cirrhosa (Lamarck, 1798) and E. moschata (Lamarck, 1798) (Cephalopoda: Octopoda) in the Mediterranean Sea. Sci. Mar , 66 (Suppl. 2): 143-155.
  • Stergiou K.I., G. Tserpes and P. Peristeraki. 2003. Modelling and forecasting monthly swordfish catches in the Eastern Mediterranean. Sci. Mar. 67 (Suppl. 1): 283-290.