Michael Chatziefstathiou

Education & career

I hold BSc in Ichthyology, MSc in Environmental Engineering, PhD in Environmental Policy & Management.

My current post as a Senior Fisheries Policy Expert for the Greek State, is the Head of the Department of Common Fisheries Policy & Common Market Organisation (Greek Ministry of Rural Development & Food, Directorate General for Fisheries, Directorate of Fisheries Policy & Development of Fishery Products), and, Research Associate of the Laboratory for Regional & Insular Development (University of Aegean). Until July 2021 I was the National Correspondent for Fisheries Data Collection, and Teaching Assistant at the Department of Ichthyology & Aquatic Environment (University of Thessaly).

I served as Adviser on Fisheries of the Minister of Maritime Affairs, Islands & Fisheries, the Minister of Development, Competitiveness & Shipping, and the Minister of Shipping, Maritime Affairs & Aegean (September 2010 - June 2013), having also served as Special Adviser of the General Secretary for Aegean & Island Policy (September 2012 - September 2013), helping at the elaboration of the Integrated Island Policy and the implementation of the EU’s Integrated Maritime Policy, and MSP on island regions.

I have extensive working experience in research, technical consulting, and training, having worked for several years at the Aquaculture Laboratory of the National Center for Marine Research, the Laboratory for Local & Island Development of the University of Aegean, as a self-employed consultant, and, trainer in Greece (National Center for Public Administration), and abroad (having missions as EU expert in Estonia, Croatia, Serbia, Turkey, Albania, Montenegro, etc.).

I am Treasurer of the Pan-Hellenic Society of Technologists Ichthyologists, leading also its R&D Group, and was its President for 7 consecutive times, and Chairman of its Auditing Committee for 4 times.

Current teaching activities
Guest Lecturer at the Postgraduate Course "Mediterranean Aquaculture" (Department of Ichthyology & Aquatic Environment, University of Thessaly), for lectures in the thematic "Fish farming & types of production" on "Climate Change and Aquaculture" and "Sustainability Assessment of Marine Fish Farms".
Guest Lecturer at the Postgraduate Course "Sustainable Fisheries, Aquaculture" (Department of Animal Production, Fisheries & Aquaculture, University of Patras), for lectures in the thematic "Fisheries and Environment" on "Structure of Greek and European Legislation (Common Fisheries Policy, Third Countries, Spatio-temporal fishing gear bans)" and "Development of methods to investigate trends and patterns of consumption of fishery products. Life Cycles of Fishery Products (Life Cycle Products)".
Former Teaching Assistant, teaching "Management of Aquaculture Facilities", and, "Physiology of Nutrition" at the Department of Ichthyology & Aquatic Environment (University of Thessaly).

Trainer,  in Greece (National Center for Public Administration), and abroad (having missions as EU expert in Estonia, Croatia, Serbia, Turkey, Albania, Montenegro, etc.).

Available for teaching/education
Research activities

My main research is on the assessment of the contribution of marine aquaculture in the development of island areas.


"Operational Capacity Building within the Croatian Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management". PHARE "Institution Building Twinning Programs". TWINNING LIGHT PROJECT (PN. 03.9052.6-003.00).

"Preparation for the Implementation from Estonia of FIFG measures within the Estonian Agricultural Registers and Information Board (ARIB)". PΗΑΡΕ "Institution Building Twinning Programs". TWINNING LIGHT PROJECT (EE03-IB-AG-01&02)

Selected publications (up to 5)

Katsounis Ι., Spilanis Ι., Lekakou Μ., Kizos Α., Chatziefstathiou Μ., Mitropoulou Α., 2022. The effects of the financial crisis on social cohesion and the sustainable development of the island regions of the European Union. XVIII ISISA Conference “Islands: Nature & Culture”. 13-17 June 2022, Zadar, Croatia.

Mavraganis, T., Tsoumani, M., Kolygas, M., Chatziefstathiou, M., Nathanailides, C., 2021. Using seasonal variability of water quality parameters to assess the risk of aquatic pollution from rainbow trout fish farms in Greece. Int J Energ Water Res. https://doi.org/10.1007/s42108-021-00141-5.

Chatziefstathiou, M., Spilanis, I., 2014. Methodological contribution to the formation of maritime spatial plans as a management tool to minimise conflicts between aquaculture and other coastal activities. HydroMedit 2014, 1st International Congress on Applied Ichthyology and Aquatic Environment, 13-15 November 2014, Volos, Greece.

Chatziefstathiou, M., Spilanis, I., 2013. Towards the Implementation of European Union's new Integrated Maritime Policy in Greece: Blue Growth through Marine Aquaculture for the Sustainable Development of the Islands. 6th "Water & Fish" International Conference, 12 - 14 June, University of Belgrade, Faculty of Agriculture, Belgrade, Serbia.

Chatziefstathiou, M., Spilanis, I., Koutsoubas, D. and Klaoudatos, S., 2007. Measuring sustainability of Mariculture: Developing a new method and an exclusive set of indicators to measure its contribution to sustainable development of island regions. Aquaculture Europe 2007 - Competing Claims. 24 - 27 October, Istanbul, Turkey.

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