Workshop on fisheries management measures in Natura 2000 sites in the Mediterranean Sea

Workshop on fisheries management measures in Natura 2000 sites in the Mediterranean Sea, Zadar, Croatia

The workshop is a part of the "Natura 2000 biogeographical process"1, a multi-stakeholder cooperation process which includes seminars, workshops and other activities aimed at enhancing the effective management of the Natura 2000 network. The marine biogeographical process started in 2015 with a kick-off meeting in France2, where one of the priority follow-up actions identified was "providing support in establishing fishery management measures in Natura 2000 sites", with a recommendation to organise regional seminars.


This workshop will focus on the Mediterranean Sea. It will bring together authorities and stakeholders concerned and aims to facilitate a common understanding on:
- The legal framework for implementation of fisheries management measures in line with the Birds and Habitats Directives and the Common Fisheries Policy.
- The methodology of preparation of fisheries management measures, with a focus on common protected species and habitats in the Mediterranean (e.g. Posidonia meadows, reefs, marine turtles, seabirds) and interactions with specific Mediterranean fisheries.
- The main challenges in implementation of fisheries management measures and examples of approaches to date and good practice, including case studies.
- The benefits of common approach and cooperation between nature protection and fisheries sector and stakeholders.