Interactions with fisheries

Project on mitigating interactions between endangered marine species & fishing activities
(2015 – 2017)

This project is coordinated by the Secretariats of ACCOBAMS and of the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM), in collaboration with the Regional Activity Center for Specially Protected Areas (UNEP/MAP-RAC/SPA).




Improving the conservation of endangered marine species, such as cetaceans, marine turtles and seabirds, with respect to fishing activities in the Mediterranean.


1st  component

Enhancing the conservation of cetaceans, sea turtles and seabirds, in particular by mitigating interactions with fisheries, i.e. incidental catches and depredation issues, by identifying the nature of such interactions and at testing mitigations measures.
It is implemented by national institutions and NGOs through the development of six pilot actions in selected types of fisheries in the Central and Western Mediterranean Sea (in France, Spain, Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria).

2nd  component

Increasing the awareness of national authorities, fishers and civil society and demonstrating that economic incomes of fishers could be diversified through the development of sustainable ecotourism activities based on the link between traditional fishing and the observation of marine fauna preventing disruption and harassment of the animals. This would place fishers in the role of responsible actors and “ambassadors” of the seas.

3rd  component

Ensuring wide dissemination of project results, lessons learnt and knowledge sharing.




Project funded by the MAVA Foundation