The Governance Toolkit for managing Small-Scale Fisheries in Mediterranean Marine Protected Areas is a practical collection of 13 sustainable fishery management-related solutions. The Toolkit is ready to be used in any Mediterranean MPA, and will be crucial for setting up policy recommendations for the management of Small-Scale Fisheries (SSF) in the whole Mediterranean region.

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The Toolkit details the lessons learned from testing best management practices in 11 pilot MPAs using a participatory process in the framework of the FishMPABlue2 project. It provides guidance on how to better involve fishers in the process of helping MPAs shift towards SSF co-management.

The 11 pilot MPAs encompassed the range of management conditions prevailing in the Mediterranean; the testing process addressed the challenges jointly identified by MPA managers and fishers on the relationship between SSF and MPAs. The examples presented illustrate that even where a formal co-management system is not in place, cooperation with local small-scale fishers can often bring unexpected benefits for the MPA managing body.

The Toolkit will be of practical support for those developing co-management approaches with the long- term goal of improving the overall governance of natural resource management in the Mediterranean. The ultimate goal of the FishMPABlue2 project is to maintain biodiversity and natural ecosystems while increasing sustainability, including socio-economic, of SSF, through better managed and connected MPAs and more involved fishers.