Interactions with fisheries

Project on mitigating interactions between endangered marine species & fishing activities
(2015 – 2018)

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/SPA-RAC), and is supported by the MAVA Foundation.


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GOALS OF THE PROJECT:

  • To enhance the conservation of cetaceans, sea turtles and seabirds, in particular by mitigating interactions with fisheries, considering both incidental catches and depredation issues.

  • To increase the awareness of national authorities, fishers and civil society and to demonstrate that economic incomes of fishers could be diversified through association of traditional fishing with ecotourism-oriented activities such as observation of wild marine fauna.

 

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).

A preliminary study on the occurrence and extent of incidental catches of cetaceans and depredation events in Algerian fisheries is also being developed by CNRDPA.

Read more about the pilot actions here.

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.

 

National Partners

 

Project Deliverables

Guides of good conduct for handling marine species caught accidentally
during fishing activities in the Mediterranean

Good practice guide for the handling of cetaceans caught incidentally
in Mediterranean fisheries
Good practice guide for the handling of sea turtles caught incidentally
in Mediterranean fisheries
Good practice guide for the handling of seabirds caught incidentally
in Mediterranean pelagic longline fisheries
Good practice guide for the handling of sharks and rays caught incidentally
in Mediterranean pelagic longline fisheries

 

Reports of the pilot actions

PDF download AccobamsEtude préliminaire sur l’étendue des captures accidentelles et les évènements de déprédation entre les cétacés et les activités de pêche en Algérie (coordinated by CNRDPA)
PDF download AccobamsAtténuation des interactions négatives entre les espèces marines menacées (Delphinidés et Oiseaux marins) et les activités de pêche des petits pélagiques dans la région de Kélibia (Tunisie) (coordinated by INSTM)
PDF download AccobamsEvaluation de l’ampleur du phénomène de la déprédation des captures de senneurs par le Grand Dauphin en Méditerranée marocaine (coordinated by INRH)
PDF download AccobamsPêcherie artisanale de thon rouge dans le Détroit de Gibraltar, atténuation des impacts socio-économiques et écologiques du phénomène de déprédation des orques (coordinated by INRH)
PDF download AccobamsKiller whale, Orcinus orca (Linnaeus, 1758) in the Strait of Gibraltar and interactions with Spanish tuna fisheries (coordinated by IEO)
PDF download AccobamsSurface pelagic longline fisheries in southern Spain affecting air-breathing species – SurPeLine (coordinated by IEO)
PDF download AccobamsPêcheries aux palangres de fond et de surface dans le Golfe de Gabès (coordinated by INSTM)
PDF download AccobamsPêcheries au filet droit et palangre de surface dans la région des îles Baléares (coordinated by ALNITAK)
PDF download AccobamsPêcheries au filet maillant dans la région camarguaise (coordinated by CESTMed)

Reports of meetings and workshops

PDF download AccobamsReport of the Kick-off meeting (07-08 April, 2015 Tunis, Tunisia)
PDF download AccobamsReport of the Training workshop on technical measures to mitigate interactions of endangered species with fisheries and to reduce post-capture mortality (14-16 September, 2015 Barcelona, Spain)
PDF download AccobamsReport of the closure workshop (20 March 2018, Fuengirola, Spain)