Mediterranean fisheries in the EU spotlight
At the global Seafood Expo in Brussels in April, the European Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella, unveiled the new EU campaign #MedFish4ever, urging the fishing sector to address the unprecedented crisis in the Mediterranean. The participation of all stakeholders in recovering stocks is key. WWF pioneered the co-management model, in which fishers, scientists, civil societies and governments have a voice and a role to play in establishing the processes and rules for fisheries management. This model has demonstrated its social, ecological and economic value, and should serve as a blueprint for tackling the current crisis in an effective and inclusive way. Read more
Fishermen hold the key to a healthy sea
“From WWF’s perspective, the goal is to reconcile the restoration of the health of the marine environment with better livelihoods for fishers. A co-management approach allows us to find common ground, and it’s proving to be more sustainable and more profitable. We see tremendous opportunity in working with fishermen to protect the region’s livelihoods, culture and environment.” says Giuseppe Di Carlo, director of WWF’s Mediterranean Marine Programme.
See the full story of Mediterranean co-management successes here