The 2018 MedPAN Network regional experience -sharing workshop brought together this year nearly 180 marine actors from 22 Mediterranean countries and beyond (United States, Mauritania, Netherlands), mainly MPA managers, fishermen and their representatives as well as NGOs. This three-day event was embedded with the regional FishMPABlue2 project experience-exchange conference.

Eighteen discussion sessions, each introduced by 2 or 3 case studies spread over 2 days of workshops, allowed participants to discuss common issues of governance and management of small scale fisheries: legal frameworks, regulation and control, combating poaching and illegal resale of recreational fishing catches, co-management and community approaches, economic sustainability, eco-labelling, pescatourism, artificial reefs, invasive species, aquaculture. Cross-cutting topics were also discussed during this workshop, such as the sustainable financing of MPAs and the added value of national and regional networks for the management of fisheries activities in MPAs.

2018 MedPAN experience exchange workshop

Thanks to these discussion sessions, participants were able to identify a set of recommendations that will be shared at the beginning of the year in the proceedings of the workshop. In the meantime, you can consult the workshop programme and the presentations.

On the 3rd day of the workshop, all participants were invited to visit the Cabrera Archipelago National Park. The visit to Cabrera National Park, located an hour away from Palma de Mallorca, provided an opportunity to discuss in situ the management of fishing activities within the park, as well as other topics such as visitor and carrying capacity management and ecological moorings.

The 2018 experience sharing workshop also marked the 10th year anniversary of MedPAN, that was celebrated just after the 11th General Assembly of the MedPAN association.