Restoring biodiversity and protecting the seabed, one of the planet’s largest carbon sinks, are key objectives of the EU Biodiversity Strategy.
The protection of areas of particular biological and ecological value is essential for the recovery of the Mediterranean Sea, impacted by decades of overfishing.
These issues were addressed at an event held on 26 April 2023 at the European Parliament in Brussels, highlighting the role of Fish Recovery Areas (FRAs) in regenerating the Mediterranean Sea.
The Jabuka/Pomo Pit FRA is the most successful example of a Fish Recovery Area in the Mediterranean.
Located in the Central Adriatic, this area is the most important habitat for many of the Adriatic’s demersal stocks, especially hake and Norway lobster. For decades, scientists had called for the area's protection, but it was only in 2017 that, thanks to a proposal submitted by MedReAct and the Adriatic Recovery Project to the GFCM, the area was granted international protection.
Since then, the Jabuka/Pomo Pit FRA has produced an extraordinary increase in fish biomass, and the return of many vulnerable species to the area, such as demersal sharks. Today, the Jabuka/Pomo Pit FRA enjoys permanent protection as well as a control system that has greatly minimised illegal fishing. It is considered one of the few examples of best practice in protecting the Mediterranean and promoting the recovery of fish stocks.