MedPAN, the network of Mediterranean Marine Protected Area managers, is organising its forthcoming training and regional experience-sharing workshop on the management of Small Scale Fisheries in MPAs.

The training will be held from 9 to 11 October in Telašćica Nature Park, Croatia and the workshop from 13 to 15 November 2018 in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, in association with several partners* and pilot sites within the framework of a large project funded by the MAVA foundation and the Interreg Med FishMPABlue2 project.

The training

The MedPAN network annual training workshop will be embedded with the “FishMPABlue2 Toolkit transfer regional training course”, which is a deliverable of the FishMPABlue2 project.

This training course will focus on lessons learnt from pilot projects and will be organized in modules related to different components of the toolkit. It will feature concrete practical exercises for MPA managers to understand how the process could be implemented in their site.

A draft programme should be available soon and will be found on the training workshop dedicated web page on the MedPAN web site.

The training workshop is organised by MedPAN and Telašćica Nature Park with the support of the following organisations:

The workshop

The overall purpose of the workshop is to allow MPA managers, fishers and related stakeholders to pool and share information, expertise and experiences and take stock on the current challenges for MPAs and small scale fisheries in the Mediterranean. The workshop thus provides an opportunity for MPA managers, project leaders, and stakeholders to meet, discover initiatives, be inspired and build long-term approaches to implement solutions together.

In line with this year’s topic, the objective of the workshop will be more specifically to:

  • Provide a regional overview of the strategies, policies, projects and programs related to small scale fisheries and MPAs in the Mediterranean and share views and ideas on how the MedPAN network can effectively influence policies (european, mediterranean, international);
  • Help MPAs identify best practices and solutions to problems they encounter for a successful governance and management of small scale fisheries;
  • More specifically, a FishMPABlue2 project regional conference will focus on the implementation outcomes of measures from the ‘Governance toolkit’ experienced by 11 pilot sites.

Several other events will also be organised alongside the workshop and a field exchange visit will be organised as part of this week of events.

With the financial support of:

* AFB, AGIR, ECOMERS / UNICE – CONISMA, European Commission / DG Environment, Federparchi, Fundación Biodiversidad, GFCM / FAO, Government of Balearic Islands / Cabrera National Park, IUCN MED, LIFE Platform, Maghreb Platform of Artisanal Fishing, Mediterranean Conservation Society, Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment – General Secretariat of Fisheries, MSC, OAPN, SPA/RAC, Ville d’Agde – Aire Marine Protégée de la Côte Agathoise, WWF


More about the FishMPABlue2 and MAVA projects

The FishMPABlue2 project aims to test a set of governance measures identified as key factors for the successful management of small scale fisheries within and around MPAs (‘Governance toolkit’) and to assess its ecological, economic and social impact.  This ‘Governance toolkit’ is currently tested in 11 pilot sites. The FishMPABlue2 regional conference will be embedded within the MedPAN workshop.

The objectives of the MAVA fisheries action plans of the foundation’s Mediterranean programme will also be weaved in the programme of the MedPAN workshops. Within these action plans, MAVA, in cooperation with partners on the ground and thought leaders on sustainable economy and conservation science, is seeking to make fishing more sustainable by limiting impacts on priority species and habitats, and reducing fishing pressure on high trophic level fish species.


MedPAN launched earlier this year a call for communications with a questionnaire to take stock of priority issues and experiences in the field of fisheries management in MPAs. The MPAs and partners that have responded to this call will be considered first for participation in these events. Registrations will open soon. If you have not responded but would like to particpate, please contact