WWF MMI bulletin: October 2015WWF Fish Forward stand at Expo Milan.
It was around 10 in the morning when 30 baby turtles paraded past the eyes of amazed tourists on one of the most popular beaches – La Giannella – 140 km north of Rome and at the heart of the WWF Italy Oasis of Orbetello. Caretta caretta hatching on an Italian beach hasn't been seen for decades. The other good news is that the first to take care of the newborn turtles were the tourists themselves: they built a “fence” to protect the turtles on their way to the sea and called local authorities to report the event. Our campaigns on protected species have been a success!
WWF has been working to mobilize the general public for the improved governance of the Pelagos Sanctuary. The first Mediterranean trans-boundary protected area, it was created in 1999 by Italy, France and the Principality of Monaco and is of critical importance for many species of marine mammal. WWF produced an assessment of the status and activities of the Pelagos Sanctuary and presented it to selected journalists in Montercarlo in September, creating a real new momentum for Pelagos. We want to see bolder investment, an improved system of governance involving MPAs and NGOs and the adoption of new management tools to secure financial resources in the long term. Read more (Italian and French)
There have been two important developments in the Turkish MPA of Kaş-Kekova recently. First, the Government of the Province of Antalya has taken an official step torwards creating an operational management unit for Kaş-Kekova by approving the establishment of a local working group for the MPA, including representatives from government institutions, local administrations and civil society. In additon, during summer WWF and diving operators made regular patrols of the MPA using private diving boats. Illegal fishing activities were reported to the Coast Guard and information was distributed to increase awareness of the importance of restricted zones.
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WWF has long been promoting fisheries co-management as a successful approach for sustainable fisheries, particularly demonstrated by the successful case of the governance of sand-eel fisheries in Catalonia, Spain. For this, Sergi Tudela and Susana Sainz-Trapaga of WWF Mediterranean were presented an award by the Catalan government in recognition of their support to sustainable fisheries through co-management in the region. WWF strongly advocates for a co-management model where all major stakeholders – fishers, scientists, civil society and governments – have a voice and a role to play in establishing the processes and rules for fisheries management in a given area. Read more.
Fisheries management and bluefin tuna are major priorities for the MMI. As the purse seine fishing season for the Eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean bluefin tuna opened this summer, WWF and the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation called on the bluefin tuna fishing industry to avoid repeating past mistakes that led the stock to the brink of collapse. Both organizations call fishermen and retailers – beyond strictly respecting current management measures– to engage in certification. Read more.