Presented during the 2018 MedPAN experience sharing-workshop.
Spanish Marine Reserves for fisheries belong to an administrative network set up through the sectoral fisheries policy 32 years ago. Experience has shown that supporting Small Scale Fisheries (SSF) with this zonal protection benefits not only the enhancement of fisheries resources but many other aspects as well: socio economic conditions, research, as well as governance schemes towards sound marine spatial planning designed to keep a Good Environmental Status where different activities, including SSF, are regulated. Two Marine Reserve case studies, Levante de Mallorca – Cala Ratjada and Cabo de Palos – Islas Hormigas focus on the tight relationship between fishers and managers.
Marine Reserves also show benefits beyond the management of fisheries resource: they play a role in spreading awareness about global impacts in the sea and can be considered as sentinels on global change.
The network has been called upon to promote Spanish Reserves on an international level in events, and projects such as: the MedMPAnet Steering Committee, the 2016 Mediterranean MPA Forum opening session, videos produced by GFCM or SPA/RAC, or EU projects such as CoCoNet, 4 INTERREGs, MMMPA.
Contact: Silvia Revenga Martínez de Pazos, Juan Carlos Jorquera Gámez, Secretaría General de Pesca, Spain (please contact MedPAN secretariat for details)