Preferential fishing access for sustainable fisheries working area
A key element of any fisheries management is the decision on how to distribute the access to fish. While usually the access criteria are based on historical trends, there are increasing attempts around the world aiming at providing a preferential access to sustainable practices.
The new CFP supports this approach and we want to ensure that it is reflected also in the Mediterranean. In order to do so, we believe that an effective approach is sharing good practices by ensuring that stakeholders have access to knowledge and information.
The complexity of the Mediterranean multispecies fisheries coupled with traditional management tools based on technical measures and fishing capacity control, have mostly failed to ensure the long-term viability of fish populations or the conservation of important habitats.
Evidence shows that no-take areas have produced rapid and long-lasting recovery of many commercially important species. They have also benefitted surrounding fisheries through spillover and export of offspring from protected stock. In this context, fish stock recovery areas -or no-take marine protected areas- can function as a hedge against the deep rooted limitations of traditional fisheries management and contribute to the recovery of the Mediterranean depleted stocks, as well as setting positive management precedents.