Fabio Grati

Fishery scientist

Address: Sundaborg 5, 105 Reykjavík. tel: +39 071 913539. e-mail: fag@rorum.is

 Fabio Grati finished a M.Sc. degree in Natural Sciences at the University of Trieste (Italy) in 1997 and is working as fishery scientist since 1998 at the Italian National Research Council, Institute for Biological Resources and marine Biotechnologies of Ancona, Italy.

Fabio was the coordinator of the research projects ECOAST (ERA-NET COFASP) and ARIEL (EU Interreg ADRION), focusing on the impact of fisheries and aquaculture on the marine environment, and he was involved as coordinator and participant in many other projects dealing with fishery resources, fishing technologies, maritime spatial planning, small-scale fisheries, recreational fisheries, experimental aquaculture, and artificial reefs.

He is currently a member of the Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries (STECF) of the European Commission and he is a consultant of FAO in different Regional Projects (AdriaMed, MedSudMed, General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean).

Fabio is author and co-author of 39 scientific papers published on ISI Journals and more than 60 scientific reports, both national and international.



Fabi G., Sbrana M., Biagi F., Grati F., Leonori I., Sartor P. 2002. Trammel and gill net selectivity for Lithognathus mormyrus (L., 1758), Diplodus annularis (L., 1758) and Mullus barbatus (L., 1758) in the Adriatic and the Ligurian seas. Fisheries Re-search 54(3): 375-388.             

Fabi G., Grati F., Lucchetti A., Trovarelli L. 2002. Evolution of the fish assemblage around a gas platform in the northern Adriatic Sea. ICES Journal of Marine Science, 59: 309-315.   

Fabi G., Grati F., Puletti M. e Scarcella G. 2004. Effects on fish community in-duced by the installation of two gas platforms (Adriatic Sea). Marine Ecology Pro-gress Series. 273: 187 – 197.

Fabi G. e Grati F. 2008. Selectivity of gill nets for Solea solea (Osteichthyes: So-leidae) in the Adriatic Sea. Scientia Marina. 72(2): 253-263.                     

Grati F., Polidori P., Scarcella G., Fabi G. 2010. Estimation of basket trap selectivi-ty for changeable nassa (Nassarius mutabilis) in the Adriatic Sea. Fisheries Re-search. 101: 100-107.

La Mesa M., Scarcella G., Grati F., Fabi G. 2010. Age and growth of the black scorpionfish, Scorpaena porcus (Pisces, Scorpaenidae) from artificial structures and natural reef in the Adriatic Sea. Scientia Marina. 74(4): 677-685.    

Grati F., Scarcella G., Bolognini L., Fabi G. 2011. Releasing of the european sea bass Dicentrarchus labrax in the Adriatic Sea: large-volume versus intensively cul-tured juveniles. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology. 397(2): 144-152.    

Scarcella G., Grati F., La Mesa M., Polidori P. 2011. Age and growth of the small red scorpionfish, Scorpaena notata Rafinesque, 1810, based on whole and sec-tioned otolith readings. Environmental Biology of Fishes. 91: 369-378.

Scarcella, G., Grati, F., Polidori, P., Bolognini, L., Domenichetti, F., Fabi, G. 2011. Comparison of growth rates estimated by otolith reading of Scorpaena porcus and Scorpaena notata caught at artificial and natural reefs of the northern Adriatic Sea. Brazilian Journal of Oceanography 59: 33-42.

Scarcella G., Grati F., Fabi G. 2011. Temporal and spatial variation of the fish assemblage around a gas platform in the northern Adriatic Sea. Turkish Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. 11(3): 433-444.

Marini M., Mastrogiacomo A.R., Betti M., Marconi V., Sanxhaku M., Grati F., Po-lidori P. 2012. Evaluation of lindane diffusion along the southeastern Adriatic coastal strip (Mediterranean Sea): A case study in an Albanian industrial area. Ma-rine Pollution Bulletin. 64: 472-478.

Grati F., Fabi G., Scarcella G., Polidori P., Domenichetti F., Bolognini L., Giova-nardi O., Raicevich S., Celic I., Vrgoc N., Isajlovic I., Jenič A., Marčeta B. 2013. Multi-annual investigation of the spatial distributions of juvenile and adult sole (Solea solea, L.) in the Adriatic Sea (Northern Mediterranean). Journal of Sea Re-search. 84: 122-132.

Bolognini L., Domenichetti F., Fabi G., Grati F., Polidori P., Scarcella G. 2013. Weight-length relationships for 20 fish species in the Adriatic Sea. Turkish Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. 13: 555-560.

Soma K., Ramos J., Bergh Ø., Schulze T., van Oostenbrugge H., van Duijn A., Buisman E., Stelzenmüller V., Grati F., Mäkinen T., Stenberg K., Gault J. 2014. The ‘mapping out’ approach - effectiveness of marine spatial planning in European coastal waters. ICES Journal of Marine Science. 71(9): 2630-2642.

Scarcella G., Grati F., Raicevich S., Russo T., Gramolini R., Polidori P., Domeni-chetti F., Bolognini L., Giovanardi O., Celic I., Sabatini L., Vrgoc N., Isajlovic I., Marceta B., Scott R.D., Fabi G. 2014. Common sole in the Northern Adriatic Sea: possible spatial management scenarios to rebuilt the stock. Journal of Sea Research. 89: 12-22.

Spagnolo A., Punzo E., Scarcella G., Grati F., Fabi G. 2014. Offshore platforms: comparison of five benthic indicators for assessing the macrozoobenthic stress level. Marine Pollution Bulletin. 82: 55-65.

Grati F., Bolognini L., Domenichetti F., Fabi G., Polidori P., Santelli A., Scarcella G., Spagnolo A. 2015. The effect of monofilament thickness on the catches of gill nets for soles in the Mediterranean small-scale fisheries. Fisheries Research. 164: 170-177.

Strafella P., Fabi G., Spagnolo A., Grati F., Polidori P., Punzo E., Fortibuoni T., Marceta B., Raicevich S., Cvitkovic I., Despalatovic M., Scarcella G. 2015. Spatial pattern and weight density of seabed marine litter in the northern and central Adri-atic Sea. Marine Pollution Bulletin. 91(1): 120-127.

Ramos J., Soma K., Bergh Ø., Schulze T., Gimpel A., Stelzenmüller V., Mäkinen T., Fabi G., Grati F., Gault J. 2015. Multiple interests across European coastal waters: the need for a common language. ICES Journal of Marine Science. 72(2): 720-731.

Colloca F., Garofalo G.,  Bitetto I., Carlucci R., Facchini M.T., Fiorentino F., Fol-lesa M.C., Grati F., Iglesias M., Knittweis L., Lefkaditou E., Lembo G., Manfredi C., Martiradonna A., Massutí E., Mastrantonio G., Nikolioudakis N., Ordinas F., Pace M.L., Sartor P., Scarcella G., Tserpes G., Tugores P., Valavanis V., Spedicato M.T. 2015. Identification of nursery areas for demersal stocks, a first step towards the implementation of spatial planning for Mediterranean fisheries. PLOS ONE 10(3): e0119590.

Polidori P., Grati F., Bolognini L., Domenichetti F., Fabi G., Scarcella G. 2015. Biology and biometrics of Nassarius mutabilis (Gastropoda, Nassaridae) in the Adriatic Sea. Acta Adriatica. 56(2): 305-308.

Bolognini L., Domenichetti F., Grati F., Polidori P., Scarcella G., Fabi G. 2015. New record of the  blue jack mackerel, Trachurus picturatus T. E. Bowdich, 1825  (Osteichthyes: Carangidae) from the Northern Adriatic Sea (Mediterranean). Acta Adriatica. 56(2): 233-244.

Scarcella G., Grati F., Domenichetti F., Bolognini L., Malaspina S., Manoukian S., Polidori P., Fabi G. 2015. Time series analyses of fish abundance from an artificial reef and a reference area in the middle Adriatic Sea. Journal of Applied Ichtyology, 31(S3): 74-85.

Bolognini L., Leoni S., Polidori P., Grati F., Scarcella G., Pellini G., Domenichetti F., Ferrà C., Fabi G. 2016. Occurrence of the Leech, Pontobdella muricata Linnae-us, on Elasmobranch Species in the Northern and Central Adriatic Sea. Journal of Parasitology, 102(6): 643-645.

Santelli A., Cvitković I., Despalatović M., Fabi G., Grati F., Marčeta B., Punzo E., Raicevich S., Strafella P., Spagnolo A., Tassetti N., Scarcella G. 2017. Spatial di-stribution and temporal persistence of megazoobenthos assemblages in the Adriatic Sea. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 566: 31-48.

Bastardie F., Angelini S., Bolognini L., Fuga F., Manfredi C., Martinelli M., Nielsen J.R., Santojanni A., Scarcella G., Grati F. 2017. Spatial planning for fisheries in the Northern Adriatic: working towards viable and sustainable fishing. Ecosphere, 8(2): e01696. 10.1002/ecs2.1696

Bolognini L., Donato F., Lucchetti A., Olivotto I., Truzzi C., Randazzo B., Anto-nucci M., Illuminati S., Grati F. 2017. A multidisciplinary approach to study the reproductive biology of wild prawns. Scientific Reports. 7, 16781. doi:10.1038/s41598-017-16894-1

Pellini G., Gomiero A., Fortibuoni T., Fabi G., Grati F., Tassetti N., Polidori P., Ferra C., Scarcella G. 2018. Characterization of microplastic litter in the gastrointes-tinal tract of Solea solea from the Adriatic Sea. Environmental Pollution. 234: 943-952. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envpol.2017.12.038

Ferrà C., Tassetti A.N., Grati F., Pellini G., Polidori P., Scarcella G., Fabi G. 2018. Mapping change in bottom trawling activity in the Mediterranean Sea through AIS data. Marine Policy. 94: 275-281.

Matić-Skoko S., Šegvić-Bubić T., Mandić I., Izquierdo-Gomez D., Arneri E., Car-bonara P., Grati F., Ikica I., Kolitari J., Milone N., Sartor P., Scarcella G., Tokaç A., Tzanatos E. 2018. Evidence of subtle genetic structure in the sympatric species Mullus barbatus (Linnaeus, 1758) and Mullus surmuletus (Linnaeus, 1758) in the Mediterranean Sea. Scientific Reports. 8, 676.

Grati F., Aladžuz A., Azzurro E., Bolognini L., Carbonara P., Ҫobani M., Domeni-chetti F., Dragičević B., Dulčić J., Ðurovic M., Ikica Z., Joksimovic A., Kolitari J., Marčeta B., Matić-Skoko S., Vrdoljak D., Lembo G., Santojanni A., Spedicato M.T., Stagličić N., Vrgoć N., Zerem N., Arneri E., Ceriola L., Milone N. 2018. Sea-sonal dynamics of small-scale fisheries in the Adriatic Sea. Mediterranean Marine Science. 19(1): 21-35.

Grati F., Fabi G., Scarcella G., Guicciardi S., Penna P., Scanu M., Leoni S., Rimi-nucci F., Frittelloni C., Gagliardini L., Bolognini L., 2018. Artificial spawning sub-strates and participatory research to foster cuttlefish stock recovery: A pilot study in the Adriatic Sea. PLoS ONE 13(10): e0205877. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0205877

Spagnolo A., Auriemma R., Balković I., Bacci T., Bertasi F., Bolognini L., Cabrini M., Cilenti L., Cuicchi C., Cvitković I., Despalatović M., Grati F., Grossi L., Jaklin A., Lipej L., Marković O., Mavrič B., Mikac B., Nasi F., Nerlović V., Pelosi S., Penna M., Petović S., Punzo E., Santucci A., Scirocco T., Strafella P., Trabucco B., Travizi A., Žuljević A. 2018. Macrozoobenthic non-indigenous species in the adriat-ic sea harbours: hard bottom communities. Marine Pollution Bulletin. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2017.12.031

Azzurro E., Bolognini L., Dragičević B., Drakulović D., Dulčić J., Fanelli E., Grati F., Kolitari J., Lipej L., Magaletti E., Marković O.,  Matić- Skoko S. , Mavrič B., Milone N., Joksimović A.,  Tomanić J., Scarpato A., Tutman P., Vrdoljak D., Zap-pacosta F. 2018. Detecting the occurrence of indigenous and non-indigenous mega-fauna through fishermen knowledge: a complementary tool to coastal and port sur-veys. Marine Pollution Bulletin. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2018.01.016

Kraus R., Ninčević Ž., Auriemma R., Bastianini M., Bolognini L., Cabrini M., Cara M., Čalić M., Campanelli A., Cvitković I., Despalatović M., Drakulović D., Flan-der-Putrle V., Grati F., Grego M., Grilli F., Jaklin A., Janeković I., Kolitari J., Lipej L., Magaletti E., Marini M., Mavrič B., Mikuš J., Mozetič P., Orlando-Bonaca M., Petović S., Precali R., Supić N., Trabucco B., Travizi A., Žuljević A. 2018. Strategy of port baseline survey (PBS) in the Adriatic Sea. Marine Pollution Bulletin. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2018.08.067

Travizi A., Balković I., Bacci T., Bertasi F., Cuicchi C., Flander, V., Grati, F., Grossi L., Jaklin A., Lipej L., Mavrič B., Mikac  B., Marusso V., Montagnini L., Nerlović V., Penna M., Salvalaggio V., Santelli A., Scirocco T., Trabucco B., Spa-gnolo A., 2019. Macrozoobenthos in the Adriatic Sea ports: soft bottom communi-ties with an overview of non-indigenous species. Marine Pollution Bulletin. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2019.01.016

Gomiero A., Øysæd K.B., Agustsson T., van Hoytema N., van Thiel T., Grati F. 2019. First record of characterization, concentration and distribution of microplas-tics in coastal sediments of an urban fjord in south west Norway using a thermal degradation  method. Chemosphere, 227: 705-714.

Azzurro E., Sbragaglia V., Cerri J., Bariche M., Bolognini L., Ben Souissi J., Busoni G., Coco S., Chryssanthi A., Fanelli E., Ghanem R., Garrabou J., Gianni F., Grati F., Kolitari J., Letterio G., Lipej L., Mazzoldi C., Milone N., Pannacciulli F., Pesic A., Samuel-Rhoads Y., Saponari L., Tomanic J., Topcu N.E., Vargiu G., Moschella P., 2019. Climate change, biological invasions, and the shifting distribution of Med-iterranean fishes: A large‐scale survey based on local ecological knowledge. Global Change Biology. DOI: 10.1111/gcb.14670

Sbragaglia V., Cerri J., Bolognini L., Dragičević B., Dulčić J., Grati F., Azzurro E. 2020. Local ecological knowledge of recreational fishers reveals different merid-ionalization dynamics of two Mediterranean subregions. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 634: 147-157.