In the framework of the FishMPABlue2 Project, MedPAN, ECOMERS (CNRS-University of Nice Sophia Antipolis) and APAM (French association for sustainable fishing and maritime activities) organised a dissemination event in France in order to officially present the FishMPABlue2 project. This event took place on 27 March 2018 in Cassis, France.
The objective of the event was to share the first achievements and results of the FishMPABlue2 pilot actions and results with other MPAs in France. The event was organised during the annual technical workshop of the French Biodiversity Agency that brings together the French Mediterranean Marine Protected Areas managers.
During the presentation, Chloe Webster, MedPAN scientific officer, first gave an overview of the Project. The floor was then given to the 3 French pilot sites to present the governance tools implemented in each MPA.
Frédéric Bachet, director of the Côte Bleue marine park, detailed the 3 tools implemented in the park since 2017:
● Strengthen fishers involvement in MPA’s management, through the organisation of regular meetings with the fishers, their representatives and the French Maritime Administration.
● Improve surveillance and regulation enforcement in the MPA, by increasing the effort during autumn and winter and at night.
● Valorization of fisheries products and activity, by promoting the job of fishers to the general public and improving sales of species usually less commercialized.
Marianne Lang, MedPAN, presented the case study of Bonifacio Nature Reserve on behalf of Marie-Catherine Santoni (MPA manager). The Reserve of Bonifacio is targeting 2 tools:
● Promote sustainable fishing, by testing different types of traditional fishing traps and thus participate in a study on the cost-effectiveness of this selective fishing gear, harmless for the seabed.
● Strengthen fishers engagement and participation, through more regular meetings.
Leila Seddiki, Cap Roux manager and Claire Lemoine, APAM, highlighted the actions developed for the project (in cooperation with ECOMERS and APAM):
● Enforce the observance of the fishery-related regulation in the fishery reserve, by changing the markings at sea, adding new pedestrian boards, improving the exchange of information between the different actors of Cap Roux and exchanging with the French Administration about the status of sworn guard.
● Strengthen fishermen’s involvement in the management of the marine protected area, by organizing more regular meetings with them and organizing a public event in cooperation with them.
The session ended with several questions from the MPA managers about the tools implemented. Some managers showed interest to implement similar methodologies in their MPA in the future.
The FishMPABlue2 project is a project of the Interreg Mediterranean Programme of the European Commission. It is 85% co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund. The project has a duration of 3 years, from November 2016 to October 2019 with a budget of 3.5 million euros. It includes 8 partners (Federparchi, MedPAN, CoNISMa, WWF Adria, University of Nice Sophia Antipolis, WWF Mediterranean, IUCN Mediterranean and APAM) and 6 associated partners (GFCM, MedWet, the French Agency for Biodiversity, SPA/RAC, the Institute of Republic of Slovenia for the protection of nature, the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment).