In 2008, the United Nations General Assembly decided that, as from 2009, 8 June would be designated by the United Nations as “World Oceans Day” (resolution 63/111, paragraph 171).  Many countries have celebrated World Oceans Day following the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, which was held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992.

The oceans cover about two-thirds of the surface of the Earth and are the very foundations of life. They generate most of the oxygen we breathe, absorb a large share of carbon dioxide emissions, provide food and nutrients and regulate climate. They are important economically for countries that rely on tourism, fishing and other marine resources for income and serve as the backbone of international trade.

Unfortunately, human pressures, including overexploitation, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, destructive fishing, as well as unsustainable aquaculture practices, marine pollution, habitat destruction, alien species, climate change and ocean acidification are taking a significant toll on the world’s oceans and seas.

Peace and security are also critical to the full enjoyment of the benefits that can be derived from the oceans and for their sustainable development. As has been remarked by the Secretary-General: “There will be no development without security and no security without development.” To know more

This year’s theme for the Day is “Our oceans, our future” and is connected to the Ocean Conference taking place from 5 to 9 June at United Nations headquarters in New York, where ECOMERS is represented as a part of the French delegation.

To know more about the Ocean Conference

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The Booklet entitled "The Science of Marine Protected Areas - Mediterranean Sea" summarizes data from Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) around the world, with a particular emphasis on the Mediterranean Sea. MPAs can be a powerful tool to protect, and possibly restore, the ability of ecosystems to provide benefits (food, oxygen, economic opportunities, recreation, and cultural value, etc.). Globally, there is more than one thousand of MPAs in the Mediterranean, although their collective area, especially for no-take zones, is small. What have we learned from MPAs? The science shows that fully protected, well-designed, well-managed, and well-enforced MPAs can support ecosystem functioning and biodiversity, and, on the other hand, the economy and the culture of the Mediterranean region.


Explore the booklet: English version    French version

Read more: PISCO: Booklets available in English and French

Workshop on methodologies and techniques of environmental, economic and social monitoring of small scale fisheries

In the framework of FishMPABlue 2 project (co-funded by Med Programme) the Ecomers lab, together with other project partners and Cote Bleue Marine Park, organized the workshop “Methodologies and techniques of environmental, economic and social monitoring of small scale fisheries”. The workshop was held at Cote Bleue Marine Park’s premises in Carry Le Rouet (Marseille, France) on 4-5 April 2017.

About 30 attendees (including project partners, managers and scientists from 11 Mediterranean MPAs) lively and successfully discussed about the methodologies that will be adopted in FishMPABlue 2 to investigate the ecological, economic and social dimension of the socio-ecological system represented by MPAs and small scale fisheries in the Mediterranean.

The workshop was the occasion to underline that both ecological and socio-economic assessments are pivotal to capture the full complexity of these systems and properly manage them.





The Monaco Ocean Week, organized in various key places in the Principality, will provide an opportunity for local actors and major international organizations to share their experiences and deepen their thinking on the conservation of the marine environment and the sustainable development of a blue economy.

The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and its partners are pleased to invite you to numerous events open to the public, and among them one where the Ecomers lab is involved:

Saturday, april 1st, 10h00 - 14h00 at Stars’n’Bars, 6 Quai Antoine 1er, 98000 Monaco

"From the Sea to the Plate", the sustainable consumption of seafood (free entry).



The Pescatourism is a relatively new concept of merging tourism with fisheries. Its intention is to supplement incomes of fishermen and their families in the situation of declining living resources of the sea and to provide an attractive activity for tourists visiting the sea coast. Pescatourism should be considered different activity from fisheries tourism, or recreational fishing (including charter fishing), which usually denote angling. It also contributes to the education of the society and public awareness about the state and problems of the marine sector, including ecosystems, and experiencing the traditional fishing culture. This new activity first stared in Italy in 1982 and soon spread to other Mediterranean countries. Pescatourism can be considered a branch of sustainable tourism and an activity parallel to agrotourism.

Some ECOMERS members co-authored an overview of pescatourism (and related activities) in European countries (Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Cyprus, Germany) with additional examples from elsewhere. Chances for implementing pescatourism in other countries are analysed (Turkey, Algeria, Poland). Despite all these positive features, it can easily be a commercial activity which does not provide any benefits to fishers and sustainability of marine living resources if the licence right is given to charter operators rather than to fishers.

Link to the review published in December 2016

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