Presented during the 2018 MedPAN experience sharing-workshop.
Kornati National Park was proclaimed in 1980. It covers 217 km2, ¾ of which being marine and includes 89 islands, islets and reefs. 620 landowners and about 25 permanent inhabitants live in the National Park. They mostly deal with olive tree growing and traditional sheep farming, but also with tourism in the last 50 years. They fish for food (mostly with fishing nets) during their stay in the area of the park. Since 2013, traditional fishing in Kornati National Park is forbidden and only recreational fishing is allowed.
Fishing activities in Nature Parks in Croatia are regulated through the Fisheries Act with no differences in size and type of fishing gear outside and inside protected areas. Specific regulations are currently being developed and adopted, and the best way to do it is through co-management with local fishers and other relevant stakeholders . Nature Park Telašćica established a local governance cluster and adopted a draft proposal for the regulation of Small Scale Fishing in the protected area.
Contact: Vladislav Mihelcic, Kornati National Park & Milena Ramov, Telašćica Nature Park, Croatia (please contact MedPAN secretariat for details)