Environment: cooperation between protected marine areas

Apulia meeting on new platform for traditional fishing

16 March, 17:53

(ANSAmed) - BARI, MARCH 16 - Cooperation in the Mediterranean basin between Europe's protected fishing zones and those of other countries will be discussed at a meeting of 'MedPAN Nord', which will be taking place in the fishing reserve of Torre Guaceto, Apulia, from tomorrow until Sunday. The meeting will be based on themes of common interest such as conservation, exploitations, sustainable fisheries and sustainable tourism and will enable delegates from traditional small-scale fishing and from conservation to exchange their experience. 'MedPAN Nord' is a collection of twelve partners from six different countries (France, Greece, Italy, Slovenia, Spain and Malta). Over the two days, the 50 attendees will discuss themes around the 'Mediterranean - Traditional Fishers in the protected marine areas'. There will be discussion of the role played by fishers in management of the protected areas, of competition from other forms of fishing and of the contribution that traditional fishing can make to local cultural and economic heritage, ranging to fishing tourism. There will also be a presentation of the new Mediterranean Traditional Fishing Platform: an association of fishers who wish to contribute to saving the resource on which their livlihoods depend despite the fact that the EU does not recognise this function of traditional fisheries. Supporting their stance, a study conducted by the National Geographic Society on protected marine areas shows that good management can increase their yields by factor of between 5 and 10. The effect of protection is the repopulation of prized species, leading to a surplus of fish that, once outside the zone, can be 'harvested' by fishers without depleting the protected asset. This effect has been seen in the Torre Guaceto reserve, where fishing in the area around the zone has seen yields trebled after just 5 years of suspension of fishing. The meeting has been promoted by the 'MedPAN nord', Parco Port Cros, Riserva di Torre Guaceto, WWF and Federparchi projects.

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