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10-12 October 2017
SafeNet Attends Fisheries Management Workshop
Contact | Rita Sahyoun

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Natural park of Telašćica, in Zadar, Croatia  © Antonio Di Franco

From October 10-12, SAFENET researchers Antonio Di Franco and Josep Lloret participated in the “Workshop on fisheries management in Natura 2000 sites in the Mediterranean Sea,” that took place in Zadar, Croatia. The workshop was organised by the DG Environment of the European Commission. The workshop addressed the implementation of the EU Birds and Habitats Directives and the Natura 2000 network, and in particular, discussions centred around the impacts of fisheries on protected habitats and species. Antonio and Josep delivered presentations on marine protected areas (MPAs) and fisheries, and on the impact of small-scale fisheries on protected habitats and species. The case studies presented by Antonio and Josep incorporated data obtained during the SAFENET project, a project that has already become a powerful tool in support of sustainable artisanal and recreational fisheries in Mediterranean MPAs.

Natural park of Telašćica, in Zadar, Croatia © Antonio Di Franco


28 September 2017
Researchers are Still in the Field !
Contact | Rita Sahyoun

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Safenet Researchers in the Field, Spain  © Giulia Di Franco

SafeNet fieldwork is nearly complete as researchers are currently in the field and visiting the last sites. From July 2017, the team has been busy, sampling at sites in Italy – Portofino, Bergeggi, and Cinque Terre – France – Banyuls, Cap Roux, and Cote Bleue – and Spain at Cap de Creus and Medes. Underwater visual census was used to gather data on fish assemblage density, size and biomass of coastal fishes both in protected and surrounding fished areas. Sampling will continue in the following days in Bonifacio (France) and Asinara (Italy). These data will be used to feed ecosystem and lagrangian models (WP4 and WP5) and to build potential spatial management scenarios for the north western Mediterranean Sea.

Estartit Harbor, Spain | © Antonio Calo


7 July 2017
How do recreational and artisanal fishing impact vulnerable species ?
Contact | Giulia Prato

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Scorpaena scrofa – a vulnerable species commonly targeted by recreational and artisanal fishing | © Toni Font

After a detailed review of all existing information from grey and scientific literature about recreational fishing, the Safenet recreational fishing team have identified some information gaps about the impact of recreational and artisanal fishing on vulnerable species. Vulnerable species are (i) those included in international conventions for the protection of the biodiversity such as Barcelona, Bern, Washington, Habitats Directive; (ii) included in the IUCN Red List considering the Mediterranean regional assessment;(iii) and species with a high to very high intrinsic vulnerability index (IV>60) that are deemed to be long lived and slow growing species with low reproductive potential and a narrow geographical range. The issue is now being assessed and a report will soon be delivered!


Spearfisher | © Toni Font


7 July 2017
SafeNet in the Field !
Contact | Giulia Prato

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 Artisanal fishing catch monitoring | © Fréderic Bachet

In the framework of WP3 field sampling to collect data about fish assemblage has started. Ecological and fisheries data gaps have been identified and are now being filled by safenetters from the Ecomers Laboratory, CIBM and CRIOBE Lab. Sampling campaigns using the non-destructive methodology of underwater visual census have started in order to gather data about density, size and biomass of coastal fishes in multiple marine protected areas and surrounding unprotected areas. Sampling will continue over the following months and will cover Portofino, Tavolara, Bergeggi, Cinque Terre (Italy) Banyuls, Cap Roux, Cote Bleue, Bonifacio (France),Cap de Creus, Medes, Cabo de Palos and Es Freus (Spain).

Data from small scale fisheries catches will also be collected for some MPAs by collaborating with MPA management bodies and small scale fishermen. At landing sites, operators will assess the catches in term of biomass per species.

These data will be used to feed ecosystem and lagrangian models (WP4 and WP5) and to assess potential spatial management scenarios in the north western Mediterranean Sea.


SafeNet Fisheries Management Survey
Contact | Giulia Prato

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3 February 2017

Over the past several months, SafeNet has been working with fishers around the Mediterranean to collect their opinions on fisheries management.

Now it's your turn to share your opinion! Your ideas, experience and suggestions are extremely valuable and will be taken into account in the proposed management scenarios to improve fisheries management and fish stocks conditions in the NW Mediterranean.

Let's work together to achieve a common goal!

Please complete the following questionnaire and send it to Giulia Prato.


Janvier 2017
SafeNet Fisheries Management Survey
in Environmental Modelling & Sofware

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December 2016
First phase of stakeholder engagement complete: let the analysis begin!
Contact | Joachim Claudet

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Toni Font interviewing a small-scale professional fisherman in Roses, Catalunya |
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Nearly 12 months into the SafeNet project and we are happy to report that the first round of the stakeholder engagement process along the French, Spanish and Italian coasts is now complete.

Highlights from the first engagement process:

  • September 2016: Stakeholders of the Gulf of Lion Marine Natural Park and the Cerbère-Banyuls Natural Marine Reserve participated in a roundtable discussion to identify the main issues and concerns facing each of these marine areas.
  • October 2016: during the Mediterranean Advisory Council (MEDAC) meeting in Corsica, the project was presented to 70 stakeholders representing fisheries organizations, institutions and NGOs from the Gulf of Lion. France and Spain are working together to develop a management plan for the Gulf of Lion and results from SafeNet will likely play a very important role in this process
  • From September to November 2016, nearly 100 Italian, French and Spanish fishers were interviewed, as were members from professional and recreational fisheries organizations, NGOs, MPAs, researchers and institutions.

The meetings and interviews have identified a wide range of perceptions and suggestions to improve fisheries management in the NW Mediterranean, and moving forward, SafeNet’s researchers will continue to work with stakeholders to further refine and expand upon this data.

The next phase of the SafeNet project will focus on a comprehensive analysis of the data, relevant management solutions will be identified and shared with stakeholders for discussion in the next round of engagement.


October 2016
SafeNet Meets in Barcelona
Contact | Joachim Claudet

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September 2016
Stakeholder engagement process in full swing!
Contact | Joachim Claudet

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Photo: Tavolara marine protected area. ©C. Amico, WWF Mediterranean

Last June the SafeNet team held its first meeting with artisanal fishers at the Tavolara MPA, one of the two case studies of the project with fishers’ involvement. The meeting was kindly hosted by the management board of the MPA. Through an animated discussion, facilitated by WWF Italy, fishers expressed their main concerns about the threats affecting their fishing activity and identified potential strategies to cope with them. Other workshops will be held with fishers from the Gulf of Lion, with the help of the Cerbère-Banyuls Natural Marine Reserve and of the Gulf of Lion Natural Marine Park. The project will also be presented during the next meeting of the Mediterranean Advisory Council (MEDAC), which will take place in Corsica in October.

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Photo: Workshop with artisanal fishermen at Tavolara marine protected area. © G. Prato, WWF Mediterranean

In the meantime, with the help of MEDAC, a questionnaire has been shared with the stakeholders of the NW Mediterranean, and several interviews will be held during the coming weeks along the French Mediterranean coast: answers to the questionnaires will be key to identify the management scenarios that best cope with stakeholders’ needs.

(below) Questionnaire survey published on the website of an Italian recreational fishermen association (APR)

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