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.