Mediterranean challenges for Marine Protected Areas and Small Scale Fisheries

13 to 15 November 2018, Palma de Mallorca, Spain

MedPAN, the network of Mediterranean Marine Protected Area (MPAs) managers, organised in collaboration with the Balearic government, General Direction of Environment, Agriculture and Fisheries, Cabrera national Park, the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, the National Park Authority and the Spanish Ministry for the Ecological Transition through the Biodiversity Foundation, a regional experience-sharing workshop on the issue of Small Scale Fisheries management entitled: “Mediterranean challenges for Marine Protected Areas and Small Scale Fisheries”.

Coming from 24 countries, over 170 MPA managers, fishers and partners from all shores of the Mediterranean were present at the Iberostar Cristina hotel in Playa de Palma for this 3-day workshop that was held within the framework of the large Mediterranean programme of the MAVA foundation and the FishMPABlue2 project, an Interreg Med Programme project funded by the European Union that aims to test a set of governance measures identified as key factors for the successful management of Small Scale Fisheries within and around MPAs and to assess its ecological, economic and social impact. The project’s Sustainable Small Scale Fisheries in MPAs experience-sharing regional conference was embedded in the programme of the MedPAN workshop.

The two meetings were also be held in conjunction with the Second marine Natura 2000 seminar, an EU event organised with the support of the Spanish LIFE integrated project INTEMARES, happening simultaneously in the same venue. A joint opening session was held with the aim of fostering synergies between the various formats of exchanges.