Presented during the 2018 MedPAN experience sharing-workshop.
The current site is the 30,400ha Gökova Bay SEPA, located in south-western Turkey within which trawling is entirely prohibited, and which includes 3,000ha of 6 existing No Fishing Zones and a 27,600ha ban on purse seine fishing. Mediterranean Conservation Society are the lynchpin, providing both the bulk of enforcement and the main connection to local stakeholders.
Building on the success of the No Fishing Zones designations in Gökova, the government’s recent expression of interest in working with MCS to enhance marine management through the designation of additional No Fishing Zones is an important opportunity.
Supported by the Endangered Landscape Programme, the new project aims at establishing a network of No Fishing Zones from Gokova Bay to Cape Gelidonya. It covers 1,720 km of coastline with important coastal and marine resources.
Contact: Zafer Kizilkaya, Mediterranean Conservation Society, Turkey (please contact MedPAN secretariat for details)