Kick-off of the joint ACCOBAMS-GFCM project
Last Tuesday, 07 April 2015, the joint ACCOBAMS-GFCM project on mitigating the interactions between endangered species and fishing activities was officially launched at the kick-off meeting of the project that was held in Tunis (Tunisia) in the premises of the International Center for Environmental Technologies (CITET).
This project will attempt to assess the extent of the interactions between endangered marine species (i.e. cetaceans, sea turtles, seabirds, sharks) and selected fisheries of the Western Mediterranean Sea; this assessment will be associated to the testing of fishing technics aimed at mitigating such interactions. Additionally, through this project, fishers and civil society will be object of awareness campaigns and fishers will also be involved in pilot activities where traditional fishing is associated with ecotourism such as observation of marine wild fauna.
The project will last two years and is financed by the MAVA foundation. The kick-off meeting was organized and attended by the secretariats of the two organizations as well as by the national coordinators that will lead the surveys in Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria, Spain and France.