For Building Strong and Maintaining Collaborations Between Fishery Observers and the Fishing Community
‘Experiences and Knowledge Sharing for Building Strong and Maintaining Collaborations between Fishery Observers and the Fishing Community’ is a new collaborative project which brings together national observers teams and fishers taking part in the MedBycatch Project (Understanding Mediterranean Multi-taxa Bycatch of Vulnerable Species and Testing Mitigation. A Collaborative Approach) through National and International workshops and other targeted activities.
Incidental Catch of Vulnerable Species (Bycatch): The incidental capture of vulnerable species in fishing gear is a key conservation issue in the Mediterranean for a number of taxa, including sharks and rays, sea turtles, sea birds, marine mammals and corals & sponges.
The experiences and knowledge obtained by the observers that have been working for the MedBycatch project and sustaining the collaborations with fishers for many years is invaluable. Transferring their experiences and expertise will ensure the continuation, replication and scaling up of the observer programmes to the next generation of researchers and implementation to new countries in the Mediterranean and beyond.
The project ‘Experiences and Knowledge Sharing for Building Strong and Maintaining Collaborations Between Fishery Observers and the Fishing Community’ aims to create opportunities, so that experiences and information gained from the observer programmes can be shared nationally and internationally.
- Stimulate discussions between key stakeholders of the fishing communities focusing on observers and fishers.
- Obtain and share knowledge on how to best form and maintain collaborations to sustain observation programmes.
- Contribute to the efforts of promoting sustainable fisheries and reducing bycatch of vulnerable species in the Mediterranean.
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The project is Funded by: MAVA Foundation