Mediterranean and the Black Sea: building a future for sustainable small-scale fisheries
April 4, 2016
MedPAN (network of marine protected area managers in the Mediterranean), has put on-line at the end of March 2016 on its website the conclusions of an important conference organised from 7 till 9 March 2016 in Algiers by the General Committee of Peaches for the Mediterranean Sea, Global Council of the Mediterranean (GFCM), in association with the FAO and several structures among which some financed by the EU (CIHEAM), the researchers and the NGOs.
The three days of exchanges underlined the “crucial role of the MPAs” (maritime protected areas ‘) for “Building a future for sustainable small-scale fisheries in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea”.
“Small-scale fisheries in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea play a significant social and economic role. These fisheries constitute over 80 percent of the fishing fleet, employ at least 60 percent of total on-vessel fishing labour and account for approximately 25 percent of the total landing value from capture fisheries in the region. At their best, small-scale fisheries exemplify sustainable resource use: exploiting living marine resources in a way that minimizes environmental degradation while maximizing economic and social benefits. Yet concerted effort is needed to ensure that best practices become standard practice” it said.