EMPAFISH has a number of general and operational objectives.
· Reviewing the effectiveness of different MPA regimes across Europe in protecting sensitive and endangered species, habitats and ecosystems from the effects of fishing.
· Formulating integrated policy proposals and practical measures for establishing MPAs in the Atlanto-Mediterranean.
· During the first 18 months, the partners will carry out the compilation, comparative analysis, and interpretation of data gathered from established Atlanto-Mediterranean MPAs.
· In the second year, indicators for assessing the biological and socio-economic effects and effectiveness of MPAs will be developed and evaluated.