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Accobams

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).


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GOALS OF THE PROJECT:

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

2 – 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.

 

Links

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)

 

Partners of the Project

  • ALNITAK Marine Research and Education center (Spain)
  • Centre d’Etudes et de Sauvegarde des Tortues Marines de Méditerranée – CestMed (France)
  • Centre National de Recherche et de Développement de la Pêche et de l’Aquaculture – CNRDPA (Algeria)
  • Instituto Español de Oceanografía – IEO (Spain)
  • Institut National des Sciences et Technologies de la Mer – INSTM (Tunisia)
  • Institut National de Recherche Halieutique – INRH (Morocco)

MAVA-Foundation

 

Project funded by the MAVA Foundation