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TITLE Ecosystem conservation and fisheries management through Marine Protected Areas   empafish_en.pdf (3.42 MB)
Document ID LIB93
Document type EC RTD Programmes projects / results
Issue date 07/03/2005
Document reference EMPAFISH
Original language of the document English
Document produced by EC-Research and Innovation DG organisation visiting card
Document requested by EC-Research and Innovation DG organisation visiting card
Scientific domains
Policy domains
  • Fisheries


Short description  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.
Abstract (focusing on the key recommendations)  There is growing concern that traditional fishery management measures are failing to meet their declared objectives and, consequently, many fisheries are on the verge of collapse. Marine protected areas (MPAs) are seen as an instrument for improving both fisheries management and marine environmental protection. To be effective, their primary objectives must be clearly defined and they must be prop ...

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