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Closed Access item A regional network of sustainable managed areas as the way forward for the implementation of an Ecosystem-Based Fisheries Management in the Mediterranean

Authors:de Juan, Silvia
Moranta, Joan
Barberá, Carmen
Ojeda-Martinez, Celia
Oro, Daniel
Ordines, Francesc
Ólafsson, Emil
Demestre, Montserrat
Massutí, Enric
Lleonart, Jordi
Issue Date:Sep-2012
Citation:Ocean and Coastal Management
Abstract:In the Mediterranean there are a number of key issues that demand attention in relation to the application of Ecosystem-Based Fisheries Management. First, this region is considered a biodiversity hotspot where the pressures of human activities on ecosystems are predicted to increase. Second, fisheries in the Mediterranean, despite its significant impact, have not adopted the widely advocated ecosystem-based management. And third, the complex political situation in the Mediterranean, with many countries involved and a large fraction of international waters obstructs the adoption of a common management strategy. The way forward for ecosystem protection requires an enhancement of marine spatial planning, throughout the establishment of a network of sustainable managed areas. This network should be implemented at the Mediterranean regional scale, improving and integrating the best available knowledge to inform decision making and develop regional-based strategies. A regional management body should assume the coordination to ensure the success of a common strategy and safeguard the correct functioning of an ecosystem-based management. But first Mediterranean countries need to overcome their lack of cooperation and adopt a trans-boundary strategy.
Description:8 pages, 4 figures, 1 table.
Publisher version (URL):http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2012.04.024
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