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).
GOAL OF THE PROJECT:
Improving the conservation of endangered marine species, such as cetaceans, marine turtles and seabirds, with respect to fishing activities in the Mediterranean.
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.
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.
Ensuring wide dissemination of project results, lessons learnt and knowledge sharing.
Project funded by the MAVA Foundation